Student beaten comatose fully recovered

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A Vietnamese student who fell into a coma after being brutally beaten up by a group of youth in Melbourne last year has fully recovered, the Australian Embassy said in a press release Tuesday (April 5).

Vu Ngoc Minh, 20, plans to resume his studies at the Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology (MIBT) at the start of the second semester, it said.

On December 26, 2010, Minh and his Vietnamese friend Tung were teased and insulted by a group of Asian-Australians while they went shopping at the corner of Bourke and Swantona crossroads in Melbourne.

The two tried to avoid them by entering a shop. As Tung entered the shop, the boys caught up with Minh.

Tung asked the shop's security officer for help, but the latter refused. He then signaled to Minh and they fled in separate directions, but the group also split into two and chased both.

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Tung claimed he had been surrounded by 7-8 youth, and one of them lunged at him with a knife, but he managed to evade it. He then used his belt to fight them. After failing to beat him, the group dispersed, Tung said.

When Tung caught up with Minh, he saw the latter lying in a pool of blood. Minh slipped into a coma on the way to the hospital.

Tung said Minh had been beaten by 5-6 armed boys.

Minh was treated at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. After leaving the hospital he spent some time at a rehabilitation clinic in Melbourne to fully regain his health.

"I was delighted to hear of the progress Minh has made in his recovery and to know that he is intending to complete his studies at MIBT," said Allaster Cox, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam.

Australian police have said they are still investigating the case.

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