SUTD student injured in Nice attack recuperating in hometown of Penang

SUTD student Esmond Chuah is recuperating back in his hometown of Penang.
SUTD student Esmond Chuah is recuperating back in his hometown of Penang.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ ESMOND CHUAH

SINGAPORE - A third-year student from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) who was injured in the Bastille Day attack in the southern French city of Nice, is now recuperating back in his hometown of Penang, Malaysia.

Mr Esmond Chuah, 22, was flown back by his parents on Sunday (Aug 7) after he was discharged from Singapore General Hospital a day earlier.

Mr Chuah was hit by the side of a 19-tonne truck that ploughed through a crowd on July 14.


In a statement to the media, an SUTD spokesman said that Mr Chuah had "made good progress towards recovery", adding that he would be "recuperating for some time" in Penang.

Mr Chuah was among 12 SUTD students in Nice for a three-week summer programme which ended on July 22. He had been with a group, including some people from other universities, when the attack occurred.

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

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

Mr Chuah was flown back by his parents to Singapore on July 28, and admitted to hospital upon arrival.

In a Facebook post on July 27, Mr Chuah, wrote: "...everything is fine now. Just need time for my back to heal".

Mr Chuah also wrote that he had fractured parts of his spine but his spinal cord was not injured. He said the tragic incident "has left this beautiful city with a scar", but he said Nice had also shown him the "strength, warmth and support of the locals in times of need".

He wrote: "I urge everyone to not associate Nice with the action of a delusional man, but to remember the city as a paradise with scrumptious cuisine, charming architecture, sophisticated language and a breathtaking coastline."