Some of you may know that Ai Weiwei was on the wrong end of some fists a month ago when he went to attempt to testify on Tan Zuoren’s behalf in the latter’s trial (to no avail). You may also know that he had brain surgery yesterday for a cerebral hemorrhage, possibly due to the beating he received from the Chengdu police.
Liu Xiaoyuan has posted an update, relaying two text messages he got from Ai Weiwei following the surgery:
They just took out the tubes and sewed me up. The doctor said that before the surgery I was critically ill, and that without the surgery I would have had no chance. Now I’ve taken a turn for the better and I will be back to work hard together with you all, rest assured.”
Then, presumably in response to a text from Liu, who doesn’t say what he wrote:
I know, I think every day there are people who are beaten and humiliated, [what happened to] me was nothing, I’m just extremely fortunate to be awake.