By COLlive reporter
A week after the bloody and malicious stabbing in Crown Heights, the Lubavitcher victim is laying in the hospital while his unnamed attacker remains at large.
Laiby Brikman, who got married less than a month ago in New York, is currently spending his days with his wife Mushka at hospitals under the watchful care of medical staff.
Brikman, 25, was stabbed with a knife by a black male last Wednesday in an attack that seems to be premeditated and racially motivated. “We’re looking at it as a potential hate crime,” Mayor Bill de Blasio stated.
Although he is not in a life-threatening situation, Brikman has endured a collapsed lung as a result of the stabbing. He underwent an emergency surgery at the Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn on Friday.
Brikman was about to be discharged when his medical status took a turn for the worse, when his lung collapsed again. This week, he was transferred by Hatzalah medical service to NYU Langone Medical Center to undergo yet another procedure.
“They had to reinsert the chest tube and he still has it,” said his mother Rivkah Brikman, co-director of Chabad of Sea-Gate and Coney Island. “Until the doctors feel comfortable enough that his lung is fully healed, he still needs to be here.”
“It’s been really tough…” Mrs. Brikman told COLlive.com. “Watching our son Leiby in so much pain is keeping me very busy. He is still in the hospital and still needs a refuah. Even when he gets home, he will need help and follow up.”
A group of friends are stepping up today to cover the medical expenses and support the parents, Rabbi Chaim and Rivkah Brikman, dedicated Shluchim servicing the Sea-Gate and Coney Island communities.
The family is not a stranger to hospitals, having endured medical challenges and Rabbi Brikman serving as an EMT and medical coach helping Jews from all walks of life.
“Rabbi and Mrs. Brikman are famous for helping everyone and anyone – except themselves,” the campaign organizers said. “Now it is our time to help them because to help them is to help the hundreds and thousands that they in turn help.”
The campaign matchathon.com/stabbing has a set goal of raising $40,000 with all donated monies being matched and all credit card processing fees going directly to the family.
Shlucha Rivkah Brikman’s inspiring words at the press conference with public officials
Join the campaign at matchathon.com/stabbing