Hoping against hope at candlelight vigil for brain-dead teen

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GEORGE TOWN: “He must come out smiling, hugging his parents, and head to college.”

Those were some of the hopes expressed by an NGO group during a candlelight vigil for 18-year-old T Nhaveen, who was declared brain-dead after a brutal assault last Friday.

Some 200 people attended the vigil outside the Penang Hospital’s heritage block, where Nhaveen is hooked to life support.

According to his uncle, Nhaveen is still in critical condition.

“I know he is brain-dead, but I am hoping against hope,” said Prema, 21, who learnt of the vigil through its organisers, NGO Malaysian Tamilar Kural.

Those at the vigil also offered the Shiva mantra, which is typically chanted to ward off untimely deaths, and the Gayatri mantra to illuminate the intellect.

The mantra reverberated directly to where Nhaveen is warded, as the crowd gathered below the window of his ward.

Nhaveen’s mother, D Shanti, 43, was seen with candle wax melting over her palms as she sobbed while being consoled by two others.

Relatives said they were deeply touched as most of the crowd comprised concerned strangers who had come to offer their prayers.

Also joining in the vigil was Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh and Seri Delima assemblyman RSN Rayer.

Nhaveen and his family are their constituents.

Malaysian Tamilar Kural secretary Satees Muniandy said the gathering of “positive vibrations” was to pray for the speedy recovery of Nhaveen and his friend T Previin, 19.

“We want him to wake up, go back to life as usual. He then can study to be a music composer and contribute positively to the society.”

Nhaveen was supposed to head to Limkokwing University to enrol in a music composing course on June 22.

Malaysian Tamilar Kural president P David Marshel said more vigils and prayers for Nhaveen will be held in Ipoh, Klang Valley and Johor Bahru tomorrow.

The list of venues is available at facebook.com/TamilarKural.Malaysia

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