Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Acid Attack Schoolgirl To Skip SPM This Year

The Star

GEORGE TOWN: The Form Five schoolgirl whose eyesight was affected after her face was splashed with acid will not be taking the SPM examination this year after all.

Tan Hui Linn, 17, who had earliest stated her intention of sitting for the examination this year, is applying to postpone her sitting to next year.

Her brother, Jun Hong, said she told him that she wanted to wait for her eyes to recover so she could make an all-out effort to study and prepare herself for the SPM next year.

“She said she wanted to focus on getting her eyes treated first and has promised to listen to the doctor’s orders,” he said Monday.

Jun Hong, a Universiti Utara Malaysia student, said his sister was now applying cream to her face so her wound could heal faster.

Hui Linn, who has been moved from the intensive care unit to a normal ward at the Sungai Buloh Hospital in Selangor, still has her right arm and leg wrapped in bandages while the burnt skin on her face has started to peel off.

She was transferred from the Penang Hospital to the Sungai Buloh Hospital on Oct 31.

Asked what was the first thing she would do once she was out of the hospital, Jun Hong said his sister wanted to have a good meal as she was sick of hospital food.

“Her classmates call her up and chat with her sometimes, keeping her informed on the latest gossips in school while she keeps them updated on her recovery,” he said.

Jun Hong said doctors had placed a special lens into Tan’s left eye to repair her cornea, adding that the lens had to be replaced weekly.

“My aunts are taking turns to take care of her,” he added.

Hui Linn and her mother, Chong Swee Lin, 50, were sleeping in their Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim home here at 3am on Oct 24 when her 53-year-old father allegedly came in and splashed acid on them. Chong, who was badly burnt, died about 10 hours later.

Hui Linn sustained 60% burns on her face and upper torso. Her father has since been charged with murdering Chong and causing grievous hurt to her.

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