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3 Year-Old Guangzhou Girl Survives 7 Story Plunge; First Words: “It Hurts, Mama”

Posted: 04/24/2014 2:34 pm

3 year old falls 7 floor apartment guangzhou childAfter being saved from certain death, little Yaoyao is now on track towards huge savings.

While doctors call the recovery of three year-old Yaoyao nothing short of “miraculous” after the girl tumbled out of a Guangzhou seventh-floor apartment, what remains truly heavenly is the girl’s saving of her parents from a huge debt incurred by massive hospital bills.

Yaoyao’s rate of recovery has been exceptionally fast for such a serious incident. After the accident occurred on April 19, Yaoyao regained consciousness a day later; three days after that on April 22, Yaoyao was moved from ICU to a regular ward at which time she was able to open her eyes and move her hands and feet; then, Yaoyao continued to astonish when she said her first words yesterday: ”Mama, it hurts”.

Yaoyao’s speedy recovery is just as well. Yaoyao father Mr Xie emphasized how expensive it was to treat his daughter. Xie doesn’t have the money to pay her daily medical treatment that averages 5,000-6,000 yuan a day and is expected to reach 100K yuan before she fully recovers.

The three year-old girl had fallen from a Lilian Street apartment in Cangtou Village, Huangpu District, the Guangzhou Daily reports. No one was home at the time of the accident; her father had left the house after putting Yaoyao to bed. The window to her bedroom was closed but not locked, and the apartment is not equipped with an anti-burglar cage from which other falling children hang by their heads and is responsible for trapping families inside their own homes during a fire.

A few factors may have helped Yaoyao not break the bank and buy the farm. Seeing many broken tree branches at the scene, Xie thinks that a tree located below the apartment may have broken the girl’s fall. As well, doctor’s praise young children in their high resiliency towards injury, but stopped short of recommending falls be performed at as young an age as possible.

And hey, if it seem disingenuous to value Yaoyao’s quick recovery for the money she will save in hospital bills over her own life, well, at least it’s not to be as disingenuous as fans of a hit TV show expressing outrage at a fictional rape performed by their favorite characters that are all guilty of performing atrocities four seasons long.

Photos: Guangzhou Daily


Four Chengguan officials convicted for accepting bribes and abuse of power

Posted: 04/24/2012 9:03 am

While it may be common knowledge that Chengguan officials are susceptible to taking bribes, the issue has yet to come to court in Guangzhou. That is until now. On April 18th, Huangpu District’s Intermediate Court convicted four Chengguan urban management officers for breach of authority. According to the Nanfang Daily, the four officers, three of them named Luo, and one Zhu, were sentenced to between 14 and 18 months imprisonment for accepting bribes and assault.

Originally recruited by the Dasha sub-district committee of Huangpu to supervise street vendors, the officers would dress in camouflage uniforms with red armbands and nightsticks. According to the court, between August 2010 and September of 2011, the four officers would take cigarettes without paying, and demand small cash bribes between 5RMB and 12RMB from street vendors.

A vendor, Shi, testified that he would have to pay for the officers cigarettes almost daily, otherwise he wouldn’t be allowed to set up his stall. Another vendor, Dong, told the court that he had to pay around 300RMB every month for the officer’s cigarettes and had been doing so for close to two years.

Two of the convicted officers plan to appeal.

One of the accused Chengguan was kissing his son goodbye.
One of the accused Chengguan officials kisses his son goodbye.
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