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Filipina tourist injured by flying debris amid Mangkhut's onslaught

16 September 2018

By Daisy CL Mandap

A Filipina dentist visiting Hong Kong has undergone emergency surgery at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Jordan after being hit and injured by flying debris as super typhoon Mangkhut made its presence felt in Hong Kong early today, Sept 16.

The victim's photo as shared by several netizens
A picture of the injured woman was shared by many netizens on Facebook early today, but nobody could tell for sure what had happened to her. Many said she was hit by a falling airconditioner somewhere in Mirador Mansion and had died as a result, but it turned out to be false information.

The picture showed the woman apparently unconscious and all bloodied, and with one leg wounded and sticking out awkwardly.

“Inoperahan siya agad dahil nasugatan ang mga paa at braso, pero ok na siya,” said Danny Baldon of the assistance to nationals section of the Consulate.

Baldon said the woman had gone out to buy coffee in a nearby 7-11 outlet at the height of the storm and was hit by flying debris, but it was definitely not an airconditioner as that would have inflicted far more severe damage.

The woman’s companion reportedly furnished information about the victim.

Baldon said the tourist would likely stay in the hospital for a few days but need not worry about expenses. “I’m sure it would be treated as an exceptional case because she was injured in an accident,” he said.

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