Betty’s family miraculously all survived. Her sister-in-law was unharmed, but the rest of the
family was injured. Her brother had pellets from the blast lodged in his body and could not
walk, and her sister’s leg was bleeding from shrapnel that wounded her. A kind stranger
brought over a push cart and helped her brother into it. They moved out of the blast zone
and were evacuated to a nearby hospital. “Everybody was sitting there (at the hospital) and
waiting. There was blood and those who were bleeding were treated first,” Betty recalls.
Doctors found two pellets lodged in Betty’s brother, one in his leg which broke his shin, and
another in his large intestine. For eight hours, doctors operated on him. He survived. Her
sister had shrapnel removed from her leg and face, while Betty herself escaped with minor
cuts and seven stitches. “My ear drum burst because the blast was too loud, but fortunately
it has healed,” she recalls.
Betty and her family stayed on in the Bangkok hospital to recover, and she remembers being
treated very well by the medical staff, psychologists and trauma specialists who frequently
visited them. The four of them were discharged and flew back to Singapore after two weeks,
where they had medical follow-ups at the Singapore General Hospital. “We four are still
together now, I feel very blessed and lucky,” says Betty.
Thai authorities discovered that a backpack packed with explosives left under a bench near
the shrine had caused the explosion. They arrested two suspects but investigations have
still not been conclusive. Despite her experience, Betty does not hold a grudge against the
"We survived the bomb blast, we are blessed, we shouldn’t be angry about anything," Betty
says. "There’s no anger in me now."