A family was left to frantically search for their beloved patriarch for days, but they were reunited with him after he was beaten and left for dead in Chinatown earlier this month.
Authorities say Jin Lew, 61, was violently assaulted and robbed on April 6. He was later found by Chicago street cleaners, stripped of his wallet and vehicle, and rushed to hospital.
Due to severe head injuries, Lew remained in a coma, and hospital workers and police were unable to identify him for several days.
“The ambulance picked him up, he went to the hospital and he had to have a craniotomy, where they cut his head open to decompress his brain,” Dr Kim Tee said.
Finally, a worker noticed that he matched the description of a man who had been reported missing by his family after the attack, and he was reunited with his relatives.
Lew’s story is remarkable, having immigrated to the United States in the early 1980s. He is well known in Chinatown thanks to his work as a chef in the community for over 40 years, but his life changed forever when he was violently assaulted last week.
After her son reported her missing, the family set up a Facebook page, and that’s where hospital workers got the information they needed to identify him.
“Taking personal property is one thing, but now they are increasingly violent towards victims,” Lew’s family said in a statement. “This must stop. City leaders need to do something about it and find and punish those responsible. »
As the police investigation continues into the case, Tee asks for prayers and support, in the hope that Lew can regain consciousness.
“We just have to pray hard that Mr. Lew wakes up and tells us about what happened,” Tee said.
Doctors at the hospital where Lew is being treated say he could be in a coma for weeks or even months, and his prognosis remains uncertain.