In October 2009, I came across a news report about a teenager who had acid splashed on her face by her father.
Tan Hui Linn (above) was the victim of a vicious acid attack. She and her mom were asleep at home when they were splashed with acid. Hui Linn suffered 60% burns on her face and upper torso. Her 50-year-old mom was badly burnt and died 10 hours later.
After undergoing several operations to restore her sight, Hui Linn’s doctor declared her legally blind in her right eye.
Hui Linn made the news again last week when she scored 9As and 1B in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia exam despite having blurred vision while preparing for it.
Her principal, Cheng Lye Sen was full of praise for her achievement. She told the press, “Hui Linn’s determination is admirable and she is a role model for all our students here.”
The feisty teenager plans to take up Accountancy or Psychology in university after completing high school.
A true story of triumph of the spirit.