The father of the baby girl in Shandong who was found to have 12 steel needles inserted into her body has spoken to reporters and denied online speculation that it was done by the family to ensure the outcome of their next child’s sex.
On October 20, Fan Guangsheng and his wife took their 11-month-old daughter Fan Zixuan to the hospital after several swelling, red bumps began appearing on her body. X-ray photos showed that 12 hypodermic and sewing needles had been inserted deep into the child’s flesh.
As the story hit the web, netizens immediately began comparing it past cases in which family members had stuck needles in their children or grandchildren to ensure that the family’s next child would be male, as goes the traditional belief.
Speaking with the Beijing News, Fan denied this as well as suggestions that someone was torturing Zixuan because the family had wanted a son.
Fan said that his wife, Liu Yuxiang, isn’t even able to have more children, as she’s been sterilized, Shanghai Daily reports. He added that the couple, who also have a nine-year-old daughter, could never afford a third child.
Upon discovering the needles embedded in the child’s body, Fan and Liu said they were puzzled as to who would’ve done it.
The investigation took a new twist when the child’s aunt, who had previously been questioned about the abuse by police, killed herself by drinking pesticide on October 24.
Zixuan will undergo the first of several surgeries tomorrow to have three of the most life-threatening needles removed from her chest.