By Katie Nelson
In a sad and unfortunately-timed sequence of events, a woman visiting Shenzhen was taking a leisurely walk when she hit by a suicidal man who had jumped from the twelfth floor of a building.
As The Nanfang recounts, the 50 year old man died after leaping from the building, and the woman named Lai, 40, was hospitalized.
The woman had just arrived in Shenzhen that day to look for work. Now she is trying to get the man’s family to cover the medical expenses.
A law firm stated that the family should indeed be responsible for covering the woman’s medical fees, a cruelly ironic twist, as the man was supposedly suicidal because he was suffering from a long term illness and did not want to be a burden on his family anymore.
According to statistics gathered by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China’s suicide rate is among the world’s highest, with over 287,000 Chinese citizens committing suicide each year. The suicide rate has also gone up 60 percent in the past 50 years.
A joint survey conducted by the Chinese CDC and the Beijing-based Huilongguan Hospital ranks suicide as China’s fifth leading cause of death overall and the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 34.
However, Yang Fude, the vice president of Beijing Hui Long Guan Hospital, believes that elderly citizens living in rural and urban areas are at high risk as well.
“As the nation ages, more elderly people are left at home with psychological and physical problems,” Yang said in a China Daily report.