After an elderly Asian woman fought off an attacker in San Francisco, an online fundraiser created by her grandson has already raised more than US$661,320, compared to the US$50,000 goal.

By Elisabetta Bianchini

“I am amazed by her bravery,” Chen wrote on the GoFundMe page. “She was the one that defended herself from this unprovoked attack.

“She has been severely affected mentally, physically, and emotionally. She also stated that she is afraid to step out of her home from now on.

This traumatic event has left her with PTSD. Although she has health insurance that covers the basics, there are still many medical expenses that cannot be covered on her own. She is a cancer survivor and she also has had diabetes for over 10 years now.”

In an update, Chen shared that his grandmother’s condition has “improved slightly” and thanked everyone who supported the fundraiser.

“Whenever the issue is brought up to her, she gets extremely emotional and starts crying,” the post reads. “We have to constantly calm her down and comfort her from her PTSD.”

“She is still really dizzy and can only eat porridge. Her eye has stopped bleeding a lot but it still bleeds from time to time.

She is still unable to open her eye. When we were talking to her, she stated that ‘she hopes the younger generation of Asian Americans can all stand up for one another, and hope they can stick up for the elderly’ in Cantonese.”

Several people who supported the online fundraiser wrote messages to Chen and his grandmother, now identified as 76-year-old Xie Xiaozhen, on the page.




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