SASKATOON – Xiao Zhen Xie, who was hospitalized after repulsing a suspected assailant in San Francisco on Wednesday, was surprised by a wave of donations from people wanting to show their support.
People in Canada and the United States donated more than US $ 875,000 to Xie, who was injured a day after six Asian Americans were gunned down in spas in Georgia.
Xie’s grandson said she suffered from two black eyes, facial swelling and wrist injuries, according to one. GoFundMe page it started three days ago.
He said he had been put in place to help pay for his medical bills. He wrote that he was “amazed at her bravery”, saying she had improved slightly, but worried about her mental health.
âShe was severely affected mentally, physically and emotionally. She also said she was afraid to leave her home from now on,â wrote grandson John Chen. âThis traumatic event left her with PTSD. Although she has health insurance that covers most of the essentials, there are still many medical expenses that cannot be covered by herself. She is a survivor of the disease. cancer and she has also had diabetes for over 10 years now. “
He thanked supporters in the next post, but said any mention of the incident was always very triggering for his grandmother.
“Whenever the issue is brought up to her, she becomes extremely emotional and starts to cry,” Chen’s post read. “We need to constantly calm her down and comfort her about her PTSD.”
During a visit yesterday, he said his grandmother kept repeating the phrase âI’m so scared, I’m so scaredâ in Cantonese over and over again.
Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a staggering increase in the number of anti-Asian attacks reported in Canada and the United States, with many in Canada sharing their grief and expressing frustration.
San Francisco police arrested Steven Jenkins, 39, who is currently facing charges of assault and elder abuse, after allegedly assaulting Xie and an 83-year-old Vietnamese near the city’s UN Plaza.
The other victim, Ngoc Pham, 83, continues to recover from his injuries, which included a broken nose and possibly neck, according to local reports.
the GoFundMe page for him, run by the Community Youth Center in San Francisco, has raised over US $ 258,000, surpassing their original goal of US $ 25,000.
None of the allegations have been tested in court.