Tina repays well-wishers with a winning smile
By BRENDAN DELFINO
NOBODY would have expected to see Tina Noden, the most seriously injured victim of the Landmark shooting on May 18, looking so well.
But there she was yesterday: all smiles, zooming down the road to recovery.
Twenty-three-year-old Tina was shot in the abdomen and the left leg by robbers who fired indiscriminately in the concourse of Central MTR station after holding up a jewellery shop in Swire House.
She was moved out of the intensive care unit of Queen Mary Hospital over the weekend after her condition improved from fair to satisfactory.
Wide-eyed and smiling, the wise-cracking bar manageress was back to her humorous antics as she explained the main pain she now felt was that of hunger.
''I've got a drawer full of food right next to my bed and I haven't stopped eating,'' she said with a hushed giggle.
''I know I'm improving because I've been dreaming about Big Macs all week - even though I'm a vegetarian.'' Surrounded by bags of cards and mail from well-wishers, Tina said she had been amazed by the public's sympathy.
''I'm just completely overwhelmed with the cards and letters from people, many of whom I don't even know. I just cry every time I open one up, I never thought people cared. I just want to thank you all - police, hospital staff, everybody.'' And she has also received gifts from the police.
The two police constables injured in the shootout are recovering in a nearby ward and visit Tina daily for a chat about their recoveries.
''The two policemen have been great company. They have leg injuries too - we look like a football team.'' The two officers, Chan Ka-choi and Fan Yin-fai, remain in satisfactory condition while the fourth person injured in the shootout, Siu Ming-sun, is in Tung Wah Hospital in satisfactory condition.
One woman bystander, Lau Sze-man, was shot dead by the robbers who are still at large.