The disgruntled lady holding the umbrella in the attached video is Yuan Yaping, the 53-year-old deputy director of the government-run Jiangsu Science and Technology Museum in Nanjing. She and her husband, Dong Anqing, the propaganda office director of the Jiangsu Provincial People’s Protectorate, beat 20-year-old nurse Chen Xingyu to the point of paralyzing her over the treatment their daughter was receiving at Nanjing Stomatological Hospital.
Apparently, the “scuffle” went down like this: Dong Fangze, the couple’s daughter, was checked into the female emergency ward when nurse Chen, due to overcrowding, assigned a male patient who had just received surgery under general anesthesia to said ward. Dong, uncomfortable with the patient’s gender, contacted her parents and complained. The parents first attempted to get the patient moved by calling the hospital, but when that failed, they went to the hospital to solve things the good old fashioned way by beating the living crap out of Chen.
In the video, you can see Yuan dragging Chen out of her station and then proceeding to beat her with the umbrella she had brought; however, the video only shows the beginning of the beating. According to reports, the couple beat Chen until she was motionless.
The hospital’s Weibo later reported that Chen was unable to move after being beaten; however, a local police officer denied these allegations, saying that “Chen is recovering and not paralyzed as online rumors said.” In a controversial interview approved by officials, Hu Shining, a local police inspector, said that Chen’s injuries “were not that serious.” The government then proceeded to censor the local media after the attack, infuriating netizens on Weibo nationwide. It also apparently took more than a week for the authorities to detain Yuan; since then, she and her husband have since both been suspended by their employers, but that hasn’t quelled netizens’ anger.
A doctor Xu, who works at a hospital in Nantong (also in Jiangsu province), said on Weibo: “I strongly urge that police officers and media workers who have been telling lies be investigated.”
This is the latest event in a trend of violence at hospitals, where the number of patient-doctor conflicts has drastically increased over the past few years. Last October, Zhejiang doctors went on protest after three doctors were stabbed – and one killed – by a patient. According to a report by The Guardian, some believe it is due to the recent commercialization of the country’s health services.
By Alex Stevens