Community Donation Will Help Pay for Survivor's College

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tuesday, the St. Elizabeth Hospital Community Foundation turned over the $14,000 its collected for Yang Vue Vang's college expenses.

Yang Vue's father attacked his daughter, killed his wife and then himself in the June 1995 attack. Surgeon's at St. Elizabeth were able to reattach Yang Vue's hand. The hospital foundation then started a fund to help her pay for college.

Yang Vue also had a chance to thank the postal carrier who helped save her life following the attack. Martin Laurin was delivering mail that day and found the girl bleeding profusely. He carried her to a safe spot and used his handkerchief to clear her airway because she was also cut in the face.

Laurin told Yang Vue today he just did what he thought he had to do to help her.

The 18-year-old Vang will start college this fall at California State University at Chico. She's been living with relatives in California.

Pediatricians, nurses and staff who cared for the girl following the attack and the surgeon who reattached her hand were also there today when the donation was given to Yang Vue in Appleton.