I posted about a little girl who was injured when two vehicles ran over her. Today I checked Xinhua News to see if there was any further news on her…there don’t seem to be any new stories so I’m afraid the news is still bad. Yue Yue suffered severe trauma and was pronounced “brain dead” at the hospital.
I wanted to share some of the thinking behind the hesitancy or the disinterest in saving that tiny child. China’s actually formally asking people NOT to help folks like the elderly when they fall. According to the authorities this isn’t about morality it’s about proper care for injured victims.
Here is a bit from the article on Yue Yue:
According to reports the van driver had just split up from his girlfriend and was talking on his mobile phone when he hit the girl.
“If she is dead, I may pay only about 20,000 yuan ($3,125). But if she is injured, it may cost me hundreds of thousands yuan,” said the driver over the phone to the media, before he gave himself up to the police.
When she ran from shop to shop for the identity of the girl, the rag collector was told by a number of shopkeepers to mind her own business.
The case provoked much public anger. With many netizens condemning the cold-bloodiness of the passers-by and blaming their behavior on previous high-profile court cases.
In June, Xu Yunhe was ordered by a court in Tianjin to pay an elderly woman he had helped more than 100,000 yuan.
In the guidelines on how to help elderly people who have fallen down, issued by the Ministry of Health in September, the public are advised: “Don’t rush to lend a hand to the elderly after seeing them fall over. It should be handled by different measures in different situations.”
The guidelines suggest evaluating the person’s physical condition, determining the cause of the accident, and making a plan for rescue workers before lending a hand.
The ministry said the guidelines have nothing to do with morality and ethics but explain how to deliver assistance in a scientifically proper way.
Earlier this month, a bus driver in Chengdu, Sichuan province, drove his vehicle directly to the hospital after an elderly woman on board collapsed with a cerebral hemorrhage. Four other passengers, who were willing to serve as witnesses should any dispute occur in the future, gave the driver their phone numbers.
Tan Fang, a professor with the South China Normal University in Guangzhou, set up a foundation in March to deal with the risks of helping the elderly in difficult situations. It provides both financial and legal aid to those who get into trouble helping the elderly.