For more than 20 years, Hung Q. Lou Ly has worked at the same photo studio for the love of the job, and the love for his family. He'd work long hours, seven days a week - and because of that he built up a reputation and the nickname: Mr. Lou. To the workers at La Placita, he was a wise-friend. To us, he is our father. And for more than 20 years, we would see him go off to work without incident.
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Sadly, on August 22nd, something tragic happened for the very first time on his way to work. After walking just a few feet from his car, a homeless man approached and attacked him without any warning.
Our father did his best to brace himself, and even tried to fight back, but was stabbed once in the chest. He was able to push the man off, but then fell to the ground in pain. The attacker then stabbed him three more times from above - lascerating his ear, gashing his neck, and piercing his back.
It was a horrid and senseless attack in broad daylight on an 80-year old husband, father, grandfather, and friend. It is one that we are still having a difficult time believing.
He was rushed to the emergency room where surgeons worked to save his life. They tied arteries in his neck to stop the bleeding, performed plastic surgery to repair and reattach his ear, and also opened his chest cavity to examine the extent of the damage.
We learned the knife had punctured his pericardium, and had it gone any further, it would have struck his heart. We had almost lost our father. He is, without a doubt, very lucky to be alive. But he's also incredibly strong and has already begun the healing process.
￼￼ Some people have reached out to us asking how it might be possible to help. It will be a long, difficult, and expensive process of helping him get back to his usual self. Anything you can give to help relieve the financial burden of his surgeries, physical therapy, and on-going check ups would be greatly appreciated.
If this isn't possible for you, prayers and good wishes can also help support us as well! We only hope that we'll be able to help and provide for him as he has done so for so many years for us.
The Lou Ly Family & Children