Leave me be, pleads baby's rescuer

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 July, 2011, 12:00am


A Zhejiang woman who became an internet sensation after catching a toddler who had fallen from a ninth-floor ledge has set up a microblog to tell the world she just wants her 'life to go back to normal'.

Wu Juping, who has been dubbed 'the most beautiful mum' since her heroism in Hangzhou on Saturday, is in hospital recovering from a broken arm she suffered in the feat.

'I'm very grateful for all the concern shown by internet users from all over the country. I'm very moved and also hope that that the little girl will be able to get better soon,' she wrote on a new Weibo account - the mainland's equivalent of Twitter - on Tuesday. She also said members of the hospital staff were helping her to make the Weibo posts.

Two-year-old Zhang Fangyu - mostly identified in media reports by the nickname 'Niuniu', or 'little girl' - was still in intensive care yesterday afternoon, having suffered extensive injuries as a result of the impact.

Doctors at the Children's Hospital of Zhejiang University, in Hangzhou, have reportedly said her blood pressure stabilised, but her condition remained near critical.

'The child's injuries are very severe,' the director of the hospital's intensive care unit, Zhang Chenmei, told Qianjiang Evening News. 'Her major organs, including her stomach, intestines, lungs and brain, are all damaged. She also has fractures to her left leg and arm.'

Over 200 well-wishers held a candlelit vigil outside the hospital on Monday night, Xinhua reported, while others have shown their support by tying yellow ribbons to nearby trees. The girl's father told the state news agency that the family was 'waiting for a miracle' while maintaining a vigil at the hospital.

Wu, 31, was among several onlookers who were watching the girl teetering on the ledge outside a ninth-floor window of a flat in Binjiang district, eastern Hangzhou, on Saturday afternoon.

Niuniu had climbed on to the ledge after being left alone in the flat when her grandmother went to collect blankets that had been airing on the roof of the building.

One neighbour in a lower apartment attempted to reach the girl with a ladder, but the effort failed and the toddler fell. Wu, the mother of a seven-month-old son, instinctively rushed forward and managed to break the girl's fall.

X-ray images published in local media show both bones in Wu's left forearm had broken in several places. Doctor treating her have told local media that she may never be able to fully embrace her own child if she does not receive specialist treatment.