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Father holds back tears while talking about Jasmine's surgery

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[Update - 4.17pm, August 21]

Jasmine is recovering from her third surgery and is expected to leave hospital on Wednesday.

Jasmine’s dad, Chu King-fu, 61, said her fever was gone and should be able to transfer out of the ICU ward tomorrow. Asked if the doctor warned of any possible complications, Chu said no further surgery was expected.

Jasmine Chu Sum-yu, the nine-year-old Hong Kong girl injured in the Bangkok bomb attack has had to have a third surgery. She had an emergency operation this morning to relieve pressure on her leg muscle near the vein that had to be fixed earlier.

Jasmine was injured in Monday's bomb attack. Before this operation she had one which was seven hours long to remove bits of the bomb from her thigh.

Jasmine's father, Chu, nearly broke into tears while telling the media in Bangkok today that things were going wrong with his daughter's recovery. He said doctors had warned him that Jasmine's recovery would not be smooth. They said today's surgery was important to prevent her muscle from dying off.

Chu said this operation had only lasted two hours, and it was a success.

“She didn’t even know the operation was over, and asked me when she would go to the operation theatre. And I told her, it’s over now, and it’s all right,” said Chu, and that’s the only words that he had exchanged with his daughter after the surgery.

“She was not as tense as this morning, because the pain was gone I guess … she appeared relieved.”

Asked if the doctor warned of any possible complication and whether a fourth operation should be expected, Chu said: “The doctor didn’t say whether this would be the last surgery, only that that [operation] was a success.”

So far, almost 20 tiny pieces of shrapnel had been removed from her right thigh, said the father.