Yong Yang owned and operated Yang's market in Berwyn for 14 years before he was attacked and beaten by two teenagers during a robbery in the store's parking lot in January.
"Mr. Yang" (as vrtually everyone calls him) underwent surgery right after the attack and then again several weeks later in attempt to repair damage and reattch the optic nerves in his left eye.
Yang's daughter Chae tells TE Patch that the second procedure did not work as well as surgeons had hoped and they are now considering a third round of surgery.
In an email to TE Patch Chae Yang wrote:
We wanted to give you and the community an update on my father's health and the status of Yang’s Market.
My dad, Mr. Yang had another ophthalmologist visit on Monday, May 14th and was informed that the cornea in his left eye has been healing but that there is too much scar tissue and damage to allow sight to return. The doctors are now considering a 3rd surgery to attempt a cornea transplant sometime in July. Though my father's spirits dimmed a bit at the news; we remain hopeful that some sight will be restored before year end.
Back in March the Yang family announced plans to sell the business to long time employee Mark Morroney. That plan ultimately did not work out because of issues related to the building lease. The former Yang's Market has now been sold to the owner of Aneu Bistro and Catering, which literally surrounds the Market building on Lancaster Avenue in Berwyn. Aneu has started renovations on the building and plans to open a new farmers market and meals to go shop in the building in early June.
Between January and early march local businesses and residents took part in numerous fundraisers as well as made simple donations to help Mr. Yang cover expenses related to the injuries that are not covered by his Medicare insurance. The efforts raised more than $25,000 dollars before the Yang family expressed sincere thanks and wishes and indicated that they thought the expenses would then be covered. There is no word yet on what kind of uninsured costs might be be incurred by a third surgery.
The two suspects in the robbery, who were 18 and 17 at the time of the crime, remain locked up in Chester County. Police sources tell TE Patch that prosecutors may be trying to work out a plea deal in the case. Requests by the 17-year-old lawyer's for a bail reduction were denied because of the seriousness of the injuries and because of substantial injury done to Yong Yang's business.