A crowdfunding appeal by the family of a Chinese man who suffered a brain haemorrhage last month upset some people online who said the 1 million yuan (US$148,000) requested to help cover medical bills was too much. Lai Chunrong, the mother of Wu Shuai, a 33-year-old performer of crosstalk – a style of stand-up comedy – in Beijing, started the appeal on the Shuidichou platform on Wednesday. She said her son had a brain haemorrhage on April 8 and was taken to hospital. After an initial operation, Wu was recovering in intensive care but the cost of this treatment had put the family in financial difficulty, Lai said in the notes alongside her appeal. Some people, however, decided she had no right to ask for such a large sum of money as her family owned two flats and a car. It is not clear where the unidentified critics got their information, but Wu’s wife, Zhang Hongyi, was quick to dismiss the allegations on Weibo – China’s Twitter-like platform. She said that her family occupied two flats, but that both were rented and therefore not theirs to sell. The family did own a car, she said, but they could not sell it as it was needed to take Wu’s father, who cannot walk, to hospital. Hospital closed after patients given fake HPV vaccines Zhang said also that she had not intended to ask for 1 million yuan and did so only because she confused the site’s donation limit with the amount requested. The appeal generated more than 148,000 yuan in donations, which was enough to pay for Wu’s treatment and the crowdfunding page had since been closed, she said. In a report by Chinese media outlet Btime.com on Saturday, a Shuidichou spokeswoman was quoted as saying that it could not verify the information provided by people making appeals on the platform but that it had no rules banning car- or homeowners from doing so. “Individuals need to publicly disclose their information according to our platform’s rules, but we don’t verify their assets,” she said. The company had communicated with the hospital but it was unable to say exactly how much Wu’s treatment would cost. All donations received had been forwarded to the hospital’s administrators, the spokeswoman said. Crosstalk is a traditional form of stand-up comedy in China that usually involves two performers engaging in fast-paced word play. The crosstalk association to which Wu belongs issued a statement on Saturday saying it would be making a donation to his appeal.