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Chinese man labours in fields to help family he injured in car crash

Motorist has little money, but he offered to work on family’s farm to help them with their medical costs, according to newspaper report

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 May, 2017, 12:55pm
UPDATED : Friday, 12 May, 2017, 12:57pm

A man in eastern China has helped work on the farm of a family he badly injured in a car crash for two years to help pay off their medical fees, Chinese media reported.

Zhang Guihai has planted potatoes in the family’s fields at a village near Gaomi in Shandong province to compensate for the 450,000 yuan (US$65,000) they have paid for medical treatment, the Shandong Business Daily reported.

Zhang crashed his car into a motorcycle ridden by Chen Keliang, carrying his wife and 10-year-old son.

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Chen eventually had to have his left leg amputated and his wife suffered a severe fracture in her left leg after the accident in December 2015. Their son had to have surgery on his left leg, which was later infected, requiring more operations.

Zhang, a fellow villager without much money, could only produce 160,000 yuan to help with the family’s medical fees and even sold his car for more cash.

Zhang then decided to help on their farm, which grows potatoes and peanuts.

“There was really no solution. My family background is also not great and I have to support my own mother and father,” he told the paper.

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“[I] only had the power to help do some work. My family has planted potatoes, so I was more familiar with this work.”

Internet users in China praised Zhang’s efforts.

“Both families are very reasonable people,” one person wrote.

Another said: “Very heart warming.”