Outrage as bleeding toddler is ignored

2011-10-17 07:54

Beijing - More than a dozen passers-by ignored a 2-year-old girl as she lay critically injured on a street in southern China after being run over twice, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

The incident has sparked outrage on China's hugely popular social media sites.

Surveillance cameras showed a series of people walk past the girl, named Yue Yue, after she was hit first by a van and then a truck outside her family's shop in the southern Chinese city of Foshan.

Xinhua said a rubbish collector who finally came to the girl's aid, moving her to the curb and shouting for help, was ignored by several shopkeepers before he finally tracked down her mother who took her to hospital.

In response, one web user on Sina Weibo, a Chinese micro-blog similar to Twitter, wrote: "This society is seriously ill. Even cats and dogs shouldn't be treated so heartlessly."

But others linked the incident to an earlier case in which a man who tried to help an elderly woman after she fell over was prosecuted, apparently because his intervention broke government rules on dealing with accident victims.

Doctors said Yue Yue was in a coma and unlikely to survive the ordeal.

"She would not be able to survive any operations. She's very close to brain death," a spokesperson for the hospital treating her said.

Police have detained the drivers of both vehicles involved in the incident, Xinhua said.

  • Hannelie - 2011-10-17 08:40

    WTF? this world has gone completely mad!

      Marion - 2011-10-17 08:44

      Yes it has... To my knowledge even in SA you can be sued if you try to help someone who subsequently dies. I'll take my chances on being sued before I walk past an accident victim who is in need of assistance.

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2011-10-17 14:25

      I saw this video, it is disgusting how people can do something like that!!! We are close to the end my friends...

      Blue - 2011-10-17 18:52

      Let me tell you...once you have seen this video you yourself will wonder whether you even want to part of this 'world'. God...I cannot believe your people have become so useless...even a woman who should know better...comes and pulls her up like a ragdoll...OH geeezz....I JUST CANNOT BELIEVE IT!!! readers go and watch this realise what kind of world we live in...

  • Colline - 2011-10-17 10:29

    they say you can judge a nation by how they treat their animals, need i say more?

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2011-10-17 14:27

      What you said there is so correct!!! Scum of the earth!!

  • Marushka - 2011-10-17 11:35

    Poor girl!!!! But what was she doing alone in the street in the fisrst place?! Can't believe people can just walk by a 2 year old that is bleeding to death and not help her !!! Sick world we live in :( May God be with the little girl and her family xxx

  • Jt - 2011-10-17 13:29

    I thought this was a sensationalist article title again. Sadly not. I am gobsmacked. What on earth is up with people like that? How on earth do you live with yourself after ignoring someone, worse still a defenceless child, in dire need? I am glad to be in South Africa. Here you won’t even leave your enemy on the street.

  • Ebrahim - 2011-10-17 14:34

    A society that eats cats and dogs is definately sick

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