Yiyi, the little girl who survived a train crash, returns to Wenzhou
Little girl who was left an orphan to live with uncle in Wenzhou after 18 months in hospital
Xiang Weiyi, the little girl who miraculously survived a high-speed train crash in Wenzhou two years ago, has returned to the city, her hometown, after a year-and-a-half of medical treatment and rehabilitation training.
Known as "Yiyi", the four-year-old orphan will live with her uncle, Xiang Yuyu , who has a one-year-old son and is now her guardian.
"She is happier now," he said. "We want Yiyi to have her own quiet and ordinary life. She gets on well with my son and now life is good and complete with a daughter and a son."
Yiyi was the last person to be pulled alive from the wreckage after the July 23, 2011, crash in which one high-speed train ran into another, leaving 40 people dead and nearly 200 injured. Her mother and father were killed.
She was rescued more than 20 hours after the crash, long after efforts to search for survivors were abandoned. She suffered extensive internal injuries and her left leg was severely injured and turned gangrenous.
She had five operations in Wenzhou before being transferred to Shanghai's Xinhua Hospital, a major paediatric centre.
She then had nine operations to clean up her wounds and received rehabilitation training.
Her grandparents, who had rented an apartment nearby, took care of her.
Doctors have told her uncle Xiang Yuyu, her father's younger brother, that Yiyi will probably not need further surgery.
He said the rehabilitation training was now about maintaining her walking skills.
He said Yiyi could walk now, but with a slightly unnatural gait because she had lost two thirds of the muscle from her left leg and did not have enough strength.
Her physical condition and her psychological health had both improved, he added.
"She is more optimistic and active now. She used to be very grumpy but now is very calm when receiving training," Xiang said. "Yiyi's psychological side has improved a lot."
He said Yiyi seldom asked about her parents.