Student hurt in Nice out of 'critical period'

A Singapore-based student injured in the Nice terror attack has passed the critical period, and will be repatriated after the hospital has cleared him for travel, the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) said in an update yesterday.

Mr Esmond Chuah, 22, a Malaysian studying at SUTD, suffered back injuries after being hit by the side of a 19-tonne truck which ploughed through a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French city on July 14.

The driver, Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, was shot dead by police after killing 84 people and injuring more than 200 others.

Mr Chuah was among 12 SUTD students in Nice for a three-week summer programme, which ends on Friday.

A doctor is reviewing his medical test results, and no internal bleeding or neurological damage has been found, a spokesman for the school said in a statement.

The university has sent a senior staff member to Nice to support the students, in addition to their insurance company's emergency team, said the spokesman.

It has also issued the students a travel advisory to return to Singapore upon completion of the summer programme.

So far, three of the 11 students have stated that they will be returning, while the rest will decide later or have decided to proceed with their personal travel plans after the programme ends.

Several of the SUTD students had told The Straits Times that they were at the Promenade des Anglais to watch the fireworks, and fled during the attack which began around 10.45pm.

During a roll call at their hostel later that night, they discovered that Mr Chuah was missing, and heard from him only the next day, when he contacted them using a nurse's cellphone.

A Singaporean man was also injured in the attack, but his injuries are not life-threatening, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 20, 2016, with the headline 'Student hurt in Nice out of 'critical period''. Print Edition | Subscribe