The condition of one of the Hong Kong victims severely injured in an axe attack in Würzburg on Monday has improved, according to the University Hospital of Würzburg.
Yau Shu-ping, 62, and Edmund Au Yeung Chi-kin, 31, were severely injured in the attack and are currently being treated for their injuries at the hospital.
Georg Ertl, the Head of the hospital’s Internal Medicine department, said that Yau has regained consciousness and no longer needs a respirator. However, Au Yeung is still not yet conscious and Ertl said that there may be a need to “wait for another week or ten days.”
Family members of the victims arrived in Germany along with Hong Kong Immigration Department staff on Tuesday.
The Hong Kong victims had purchased travel insurance prior to their trip to Europe. Senior immigration officer Kenneth Tong King-hin told the media on Thursday in Germany that the Immigration Department has been in contact with the companies that provided the insurance policies, and they have agreed to pay the initial medical fees. Tong said that they would also be responsible for medical fees later on.
Betty Ho, the director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Berlin said that the office has secured funds amounting to 40,000 euros, or HK$340,000, for Hong Kong victims of the incident from the German government. Ho told local media that that there were two schemes from the German government that the two families involved in the incident can apply for.
One, from the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, supports victims of terrorist attacks with funds of up to 5,000 euros, or HK$42,500. Another similar scheme from the German Foreign Office, provides support of up to 15,000 euros, or HK$127,500, for each family. While the former is immediately claimable, the second will require receipt of expenses.