Tina repays well-wishers with a winning smile

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 31 May, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 31 May, 1994, 12:00am

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.