Journalists have located Chen Xianmei, the woman who came to the rescue of Yueyue, the two-year-old toddler who was knocked down by two vehicles and left to die by 18 passersby in Foshan, Guangdong province. 58-year-old Chen works as a domestic helper for a hardware shop in the market by day, and a trash collector by night. The girl’s parents are inconsolable when they finally meet their benefactor and kowtow to her profusely.
Chen says that when she found the toddler, Yueyue had one eye shut and the other eye open looking at her. After pulling the girl to the side of the road, Chen went around to all the shops in the neighbourhood asking if anyone had lost their daughter. Nobody responded.
When asked if she was afraid of getting into trouble by helping the girl, Chen said, “I didn’t think I was getting into any trouble. I didn’t think so much. I just wanted to help her.” And having said that, she excused herself form the journalists and returned to work.
UPDATE: Adam Minter: Chen Xianmei’s a “scrap peddler” not “trash collector”
UPDATE 2: Will a belief in God make more Good Samaritans out of us?
UPDATE 3: Chen Xianmei commended while murmurs abound she’s out to get famous
Previously on Shanghaiist
1. Watch: Toddler run over by two vehicles, ignored by all but one trash collector
2. Foshan toddler passes away [UPDATE: Toddler still alive]
3. Foshan toddler Yueyue still under intensive care