It’s tough out there for a good guy these days. You can get sued, beaten and, now, contract pneumonia.
A policeman nicknamed “Muscles Zhang” jumped into a Wenzhou city river to save a 14 year old girl who had attempted suicide last Friday, South China Morning Post reports. Because the waters were so dirty, he had to dive three times before managing to pull the girl out. Zhang commented to Zhejiang newspaper Metro Express that the water was so dirty he had to keep his eyes closed, saying, “I could only depend on my instincts to reach the girl.” Praised for his heroism, they sent him off with a pat on his back.
After a few hours, Muscles (real name Zhang Guangcong) started coughing and vomiting. He also experienced dizziness, and eye and skin irritations. He was admitted to the Third People’s Hospital the next day where the doctors informed him he had a severe lung infection, most likely caused by bacteria in the polluted river. Doctors say the sewage may have entered his lungs, giving him an ickier version of pneumonia.
Netizens have since appealed the County Environmental Protection Bureau to give a formal apology to the hero. The chief official of the bureau, however, declined to pay Zhang a visit, stating that the pollution level of the river was “not our responsibility”. Nice.
Citizens are increasingly growing concerned with the city’s sanitation levels. In February, a Zhejiang entrepreneur made headlines when he offered any local environmental protection official 200,000 yuan to swim in a heavily polluted river in Rui’an for 20 minutes. A few days later, a similar dare was posted on Weibo offering 300,000 yuan to the director of the environmental protection bureau of Cangnan county.
By Angela Sy // Images via Sina