To my friend Sam Ly, injured on the bus travelling to work in London.
Hope you get well soon mate!
I met Sam on my first day at Caulfield, during student orientation. I was having trouble logging into the computer network, so it was suggested to me that I go seek help from the IT Services (ITS) helpdesk.
This was in 2001.
He was at the helpdesk working part time helping students as well as some staff members with their IT related problems. I found out that he was studying the same course as I myself, which was Bachelor of Computing.
Being new and all, I decided it’d be best if I started to make friends with some of the guys who were my senior on the campus. I thought it might help me a bit. And also because none of the other students from my highschool would be studying the same course as me. So I had to make friends. And Sam was one of them.
Here is a quote from the Herald Sun.
The 28-year-old former Richmond man was travelling to work on the No. 30 bus when the blast ripped through the double-decker, vaporising some of those inside.
Mr Ly is believed to have suffered life-threatening head injuries and is being treated in a London hospital.
Sometimes you ask yourself why do these things happen? Why do people have to suffer worldwide? It’s not just those in London, but also those hurt due to bombings in Iraq, Madrid and going further back, September 11. And
Sam graduated a couple of years before me, but he stayed working at Monash ITS for about a year before heading off to London to live and work with his girlfriend.
He was working over in London as a Software Tester. I actually caught up with him earlier this year in a chance meet in one of the cafes off Lygon St, Carlton (Cafe Brunetti).
By then he’d already worked in London for close to a year, and was back in Melbourne to visit his family, and escape from the London winter. He came to enjoy the Melbourne sun!
I asked him how London was, and asked him how long he planned to stay in London. His reply was he wasn’t sure, but said he loved London.
I’m very deeply worried about Sam, but I do hope and pray that he pulls through.
From ABC News:
The father of a Melbourne man seriously injured in Thursday’s terrorist attacks is flying to London to be by his son’s side.
Sam Ly, 28, formerly of Richmond, is fighting for his life in a London hospital.
Mr Ly was standing next to the Number 30 bus when it was wrecked by a bomb blast.
He has serious head injuries.
I’m just going to Google news right now and refreshing the query on the news page for Sam’s name. I only just heard about this a few hours ago, and I saw a picture of Sam on TV for a split second or two. But I knew it was definately him. That’s when I decided to head to my computer and google his name using the Google News service.
I just don’t know what to say or write right now. It’s incredibly sad. I think the most I can do is just pray that he’ll get through it okay.
I know that the recovery process isn’t short. It’s a long journey back to being fully recovered. I hope Sam stays strong and pulls through. It is all anyone can hope for right now.
I’ve run out of words to say, so i’ll just leave it now. What can one say, what can one do in this situation? Just keep going day by day. Hour by hour.
Na Mo A Mi To Fo
[Note: I had actually written this post a few hours ago, but there was something funny going on with my wireless connection and I lost the post…]
Update: Another article (there’s a picture of Sam in this article):
Mr Ly, 28, had surgery yesterday on a broken left arm. He was also on Bus No. 30.
His life hangs in the balance due to severe head injuries that have left him in a coma. It is believed he was on the bus’s top deck.
Last update 17/07/2005: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,15946869-1702,00.html