Yam recovering in Happy Valley

Local | Charlotte Luo 22 Jul 2019

Veteran actor Simon Yam Tat-wah underwent follow-up surgery in Hong Kong yesterday, after he was stabbed in the stomach and hands while attending a promotional event for a business in Zhongshan on Saturday morning.

Yam had the two-hour procedure, which went well, at Hong Kong Adventist Hospital in Happy Valley.

The 64-year-old was accompanied by his wife, Qi Qi, and 14-year-old daughter Ella.

His management company, Emperor Entertainment Group, said the hospital conducted a follow-up operation to ensure he makes a full recovery.

"The surgery went well and he is resting," manager Mani Fok said.

Yam remained in the intensive care unit.

A source said the follow-up procedure was to treat fingers on his right hand, as his wife was worried it would not heal properly.

Yam took a medical vehicle arranged by the Emperor Group back to Hong Kong, and was admitted to Adventist Hospital at about 10.20pm on Saturday, after he underwent surgery in Zhongshan to have his stomach and other internal organs stitched up, while his injured fingers were also treated.

The Hong Kong-born actor was attending the opening of a building materials store in Zhongshan when attacked.

A video filmed by someone in the audience showed a man rushing onto the stage, then stabbing and slashing at Yam with a fruit knife.

Guards at the scene subdued the assailant.

Yam sustained a two-centimeter wide, three-centimeter deep wound to the right side of his abdomen, which was deemed non-life threatening. He also sustained injuries to four fingers on his right hand.

The footage showed a distressed Yam trying to stop the bleeding before he was sent to a hospital.

The suspect, a 53-year-old, was diagnosed as being paranoid schizophrenic.

Yam has 234 film and TV credits. In 2003, he made his Hollywood film debut in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life as Chen Lo, a crime lord.

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