SINGAPORE - The father of an eight-year-old girl who was injured in a Woodlands car crash and just woke up from a coma has donated money he received from well-meaning Singaporeans to the family of another accident victim.
Mr Eric Tan, 45, had received an outpouring of donations to cover medical expenses for his daughter Lovelynn, who was flung out of a van in a road accident last month.
The young girl woke up on Tuesday (Nov 3) after 11 days in a coma. She is warded at KK Women's and Children's Hospital, where Mr Tan and his wife have been keeping vigil.
Lovelynn was one of four people injured in the accident involving a van driven by her uncle and a red Audi car in Woodlands Avenue 12 just after 8pm on Oct 23.
She had a head injury, broke both legs and needed emergency surgery.
According to Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao, while worrying about Lovelynn, Mr Tan came across another news article about 15-year-old Crest Secondary School student Huang Junyong, who died from injuries after getting hit by a car while crossing the road at Queensway on Oct 27.
The boy's mother, Ms Chen, a 40-year-old cashier, is a single mother who raised Junyong and his older brother.
According to Wanbao, Mr Tan said: "Our children have all experienced serious car accidents, but my daughter is more fortunate and has received care and help from many people. After seeing Ms Chen's news, I decided to give part of the donation (to her family) in my daughter's name."
He did not disclose the amount he gave.
In an update on Facebook on Thursday (Nov 5), Mr Tan said Lovelynn was on a long road to recovery as she had sustained multiple injuries during the accident.
She is awake but in an "uncommunicative state", he said, adding that the doctor had diagnosed that her memory and brain-responsive system were affected by a blood clot.
She will have casts for about 15 weeks, and her legs "may take as long as three to six months to fully heal depending on the severity", he said.
"In addition, she was unable to swallow and had to receive nutrition through a feeding tube for an estimated 12 weeks," said Mr Tan, who works in the transport sector.
In an earlier update on Facebook on Wednesday (Nov 4), Mr Tan had said he would be deactivating his PayNow account to stop further donations from coming in.
He did not reveal how much had been collected by then.
Thanking his friends, private organisations, temples and members of the public for their contributions, he said: "Every donation is carefully recorded and listed to ensure that it will be used for Lovelynn's hospitalisation bills and treatment costs.
"The remaining donations will be given to charities, in my daughter's name. I wish to spread on the love and continue to pass this on to those in need."