Libya Plane Crash Survivor Gets OK to Leave Hospital

Assouw told about his parents, brother
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2010 4:15 PM CDT
Children representing the Libyan Organization for Children wait to visit 9-year-old Ruben van Assouw in the hospital to offer him their own toys in Tripoli, Libya, Friday, May 14, 2010.   (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
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(Newser) – The sole survivor of the plane crash that killed 103 people Wednesday will leave a Tripoli hospital tomorrow. Relatives have broken the news to 9-year-old Ruben van Assouw that his parents and older brother died in the crash, ABC News reports. "Under the circumstances Ruben is doing well," his aunt and uncle said in a statement today. "We told Ruben this morning exactly what happened." Ruben told a Dutch newspaper, "I just want to get going."

"The whole family is going to bear the responsibility for Ruben's future," the statement continued. The tragedy has turned a travel blog kept by the Assouws into an impromptu online memorial. "So young and having to go through this already," one commenter wrote. "With tears in my eyes I am looking at your holiday pictures. You probably had a beautiful holiday. Keep that memory. You are a miracle child and you must have an angel sitting on your shoulder."

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