By Angela Sy
A 51 year old property developer was cycling on a Guangzhou bridge when he fainted and collapsed. He was left unattended on the ground for approximately 50 minutes and was dead by the time the paramedics arrived.
Caijing reports that he was in good health. Doctors think the cause of death may have been heart disease, but also point out that the victim might have survived had he received immediate medical attention.
This isn’t the first time an accident turned fatal because of the Chinese public’s unwillingness to get involved. We remember the toddler who was run over by a van, she was ignored by 18 people, one of whom claimed he “did not see her.”
Guangzhou bridge over the Pearl River is a very busy area, so people can hardly say they didn’t see the man crumpled on the ground.
This is another example of the public not getting involved in accidents due to a pervasive fear of extortion scams. There have been numerous reports of the elderly pretending to be in an accident and when someone helps them up, the “victim” then turns around and sues the good samaritan, saying he pushed them or somehow caused the incident in the first place.
In a 2011 poll by People’s Daily, more than 80 percent of respondents said they would not help a fallen elderly person for fear of getting scammed. In another story, a man who tried to stop a mugging got beaten up in the process.
The government is trying to encourage Chinese citizens to be more empathetic, and has trialled schemes which reward those who save others.
[Via: The Nanfang]