Son traumatised after seeing dad in hospital

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Five-year-old boy is too frightened after seeing the physical condition of his brain-damaged father, bedridden with tubes in and out of his body.

Smashed with a beer bottle on the head, and multiple kicks and punches—the face alone was kicked more than five times—before being left lying in a pool of blood. These attacks by four youths have left 39-year-old See Chien Hwa bedridden since March, with sunken cheeks and several tubes running in and out of his body.

It is no wonder that his son, five years old, took one look at him and ran off crying, too scared by his father’s appearance. See also has an eight-year-old daughter.

See is brain damaged—he cannot recognise anyone and needs to be bathed and changed by someone. All he can do is blink. The tubes are to help him eat and breathe.

See’s estranged wife, who only wants to be known as Madam Goh, told The New Paper, “When I visited, he would just stare at the wall and not respond to anything.”

Goh describes See as a loving father whom the kids adore, “a jovial, talkative man who loved playing with the kids”. She can only tell her boy that “Papa is still in hospital” and put on a brave front for her children after her children told her,  “Mama, please don’t die. Otherwise, who would take care of us?”

Although separated, Goh still cares from See, but is not able to bring him home as there is no one to take care of him and she is already struggling to make ends meet.

Continue to the next page to read on about See’s attackers, and how it happened.

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