A man named Hong in Fujian province was recently sent to a sanatorium after he’d been locked in a cage by his family for eight years.
Around eight years ago, Hong, who is mentally unstable, began hurting people after his wife and child ran away from home. Not able to afford proper care, his mother put him in a cage, where she took care of him. Recently, however, she passed away.
There is less than 10 square meters inside the single stone house where his one-square-meter cage is kept next to a window.
“He is my brother and he is forced to remain in the cage,” Hong’s brother said to reporters. He explained that after Hong’s wife left him, he became unwell. “He used to run to people’s houses and pee on their front door,” he said.
Hong provoked neighbors by continually prying into their property and even allegedly injured his own mother.
After his mother died, relatives intended to let Hong stay in the village to receive consultation and hospital treatment. Doctors who came to check on him, however, suggested that they find a nursing home for treatment.
Hong’s family finally decided to pay for care at a sanatorium where he could stay. “I don’t know how many clothes he has torn to shreds,” his brother said.
By Isabel Quan
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