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Save my dad first, Chinese boy, 6, begs medics after scooter crash

Youngster thought his father had ‘gone to heaven’ after seeing him lying motionless. Pair escapes with only cuts and bruises

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 June, 2017, 2:48pm
UPDATED : Monday, 19 June, 2017, 3:38pm

A six-year-old Chinese boy has touched hearts after appearing in an online video appealing to an ambulance crew to save his dad “first” after the pair was involved in a road traffic accident.

The father and son, neither of whom was identified by name, were riding a scooter in Xinyu, southeastern China’s Jiangxi province, when they crashed into a post on the side of the road, throwing them both to the floor, Anhui TV reported on Saturday.

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The aftermath of the incident was captured by a passer-by and the video was later uploaded to the internet.

In the clip, the child is seen sitting on the kerb, his face bloodied, while his father lies motionless amid the scooter and debris. When an ambulance arrives on the scene, paramedics appear to be directed to the child by members of the public, but the youngster has other priorities.

Seeing his stricken dad, the child makes a heartfelt plea to the medics to “save my father first”.

Moments later, the man is seen back on his feet as a nurse dresses several cuts to his face.

Interviewed later in hospital, the child said: “I saw my father lying on the ground and thought he had gone to heaven, so I wanted him to be saved first.”

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Despite having a large bandage wrapped around his head, the boy did not suffer any major injuries, the report said.

Explaining why he reacted as he did, he added simply: “Because I love my father.”

The proud dad said that he heard his son instructing the medics.

“I was so touched,’ he said. “I never thought that my son was much braver than me.”