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'I'm not sure he can survive'

April 14, 2014 - 12:50am

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TNP PHOTO: Gary Goh

Covered in thick bandages and hooked up to a ventilator in a hospital in Johor Baru, Singaporean Stephen Lew is fighting for his life.

The 42-year-old is in critical condition after he set himself on fire outside a petrol kiosk on Saturday.

On that fateful morning, witnesses watched in horror as Mr Lew bought petrol from a kiosk in Johor Baru, walked to a nearby kerb and doused himself in the petrol before burning himself.

Mr Lew suffered more than 80 per cent burns on his body and is in critical condition at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital at JB.

His older brother Nick told The New Paper that he is not optimistic about his brother’s chances. He has been told by doctors to prepare for the worst.

“Seeing him like this is a big blow to us. Considering the facilities of this hospital, I’m not sure if he can survive,” said the brother.

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