Hit-and-run child not expected to live, says hospital

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 October, 2011, 12:00am


A two-year-old girl fighting for her life in a Guangzhou hospital after being run over by two vehicles and ignored by more than a dozen passers-by was unlikely to survive, a hospital spokesman said yesterday.

'She is close to brain dead ... We're doing our best to rescue her but she has a very slim chance of survival,' said a spokesman at the General Hospital of the Guangzhou Military Zone. 'Children tend to recover quickly ... but she was heavily wounded and there is a 99 per cent chance that she might die.'

The toddler, Wang Yue, known to her family as Yueyue, ran into an alley from her parents' metalware shop in Foshan, Guangdong, late on Thursday afternoon. She was struck by a minivan, which then drove off. Lying in blood while people walked past, she was run over again by a truck whose driver apparently failed to see her.

Guangdong media, which obtained closed-circuit footage of the incident, reported that more than a dozen passers-by then walked or drove past the girl without stopping to help. A rubbish scavenger finally came to her aid and helped locate her mother, who rushed her to hospital, reports said.

The hospital spokesman, who declined to give his full name, said Yueyue was suffering from severe cerebral haemorrhage and showed no brainstem reflexes. He said her heartbeat and blood pressure were normal, but apart from a brief moment of unaided breathing yesterday morning, she had to rely on a life-support machine.

'If she does improve, it's likely that she will be in a vegetative state ... the chance of a full recovery is almost next to none,' he said.

Yueyue's father, who declined to give his full name, clung to the hope that she would survive.

'I hope it won't be real,' he said, his voice choking up on the phone, commenting on the possibility that his daughter might be brain dead. 'I really hope she will get better soon.'

He had earlier said that he felt helpless and angry at the people who did not stop to help his daughter. The hospital spokesman said the delay in getting her to hospital had reduced her chances of survival.

The incident has prompted outrage on social media websites. 'What has happened to people these days? Where has their conscience gone?' said a posting on Weibo, a popular Twitter-like microblogging service.

Quoting local police, the Yangcheng Evening News reported yesterday that the two drivers who hit the girl had been arrested.