Today in aww-inducing stories of the Shanghai variety: An 86-year-old man finally managed to track down and thank the seven good samaritans who he said saved his life three months ago at the Xujiahui metro station on line nine.
Huang had tried desperately for three months to find the strangers by writing letters, publishing search notices in the news and paying visits to the station whenever he had a chance in hope that he might run into them, according to xinmin.cn.
Another metro operator finally traced them down after checking a duty sheet, and on Tuesday, Huang was finally able to meet the seven workers who he said saved his life in September.
Shanghai Daily reports:
“Without your help, I wouldn’t have been here and see all of you again,” Huang told them, all of whom are Metro staff and policemen, according to the website. “Although I may not be able to remember all your names, I would never forget your faces and what you have done for me.”
Guan Chenyi recalled that Huang came to her and asked for a cup of hot water at about 12pm on September 2.
She said Huang looked very weak and was stumbling at that time and contacted the station director on duty Qiu Linjun.
Together they put Huang on a wheelchair and took him out of the station with the help of two other colleagues in the hope that fresh air would do him good.
However, Huang’s situation only became worse as he started vomiting.
Qiu then immediately called for an ambulance and rushed him to a hospital with policemen.
None of the seven thought the man would have remembered who they were after so much time passed. “I want to thank them not only for saving my life, but also for letting me and my family believe there are more warm-hearted people than indifferent people in this society,” Huang said.
“I can’t remember how many people I have helped in the past 10 years working in the Metro station. This is the first time a passenger came all the way to thank me,” Qiu said in the report.
“I felt very warm from the bottom of my heart. This is the best gift I can think of on Christmas Eve,” she said.
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