Manny makes amazing recovery in Singapore

  • AseanPlus News
  • Monday, 04 Oct 2004

SINGAPORE: A five-year-old Indonesian girl critically injured in last month's Australian embassy bombing in Jakarta has made a remarkable recovery and will leave hospital this week, press reports said yesterday. 

Elisabeth Manuela Musu, who became known to the world by her nickname of Manny, posed for a photograph sitting in a wheelchair outside the Mount Elizabeth Hospital with her biological father, Australian David Norman. 

“When she came to the hospital, she was almost dead,” hospital neurosurgeon Wang Hui Fen, who is part of a team of five doctors helping Manny recover, told the Straits Times

“Both her pupils were not reacting, which means that statistically, she had a less than 5% chance of making it.” 

While the paper did not give further details about her recovery, it said she was expected to leave hospital today. 

Norman and Italian Manual Musu, who raised Manny since she was born, also issued a statement on Friday saying she would be able to leave hospital at some stage. 

Norman and Musu ended a custody battle over Manny when they said in the statement that she would return to Italy. 

Manny's Indonesian mother, Maria Eva Kumalawati, married Musu while she was pregnant with Manny, but Norman had claimed he was the girl's real father and undertook DNA tests to prove it. 

Manny's mother was one of nine people killed in the Sept 9 car bomb blast as she took her daughter to the embassy to get her an Australian passport. – AFP  

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