A woman, who tried to sell her baby daughter on the street in Fuzhou to raise money for her husband’s surgery, has reportedly already received 1.27 million Chinese yuan in donations from more than 3,000 people.
The money received stretches a long way beyond the amount that was needed for the medical bills, and, as a result, her husband Zhou Guixing has decided to return 600,000 Chinese yuan to society, in the form of donations to charities in Fuzhou and Chongqing. Sina News reports that 500,000 yuan has already been transferred to the Red Cross. Zhou also hopes that 300,000 yuan of his donation will be able to directly help the children of Youyang, his hometown, in Chongqing.
On December 11, Zhou fell from the third floor of a construction site in Fuzhou and was badly injured. After losing contact with his supervisor, his family soon ran out of money for medical treatment. However, five days after his injury, the family’s fortunes unexpectedly made a turn for the better, when his wife went to the street in an attempt to auction off their baby daughter.
Following the media exposure that ensued, the supervisor immediately reappeared, promising to pay for Zhou’s treatment. Within days though, Zhou’s account had already received 1.27 million Chinese yuan from thousands of warm-hearted donors, the biggest donation, of which, was 100,000 yuan, reportedly coming from a man in Guangdong, who refused to be named.
“Please tell everyone not to give me any more money,” Zhou told every reporter who interviewed him. “On December 15, when the first 100,000 yuan came in, we told reporters to spread the information that we didn’t need any more donations, since we already had enough money for the treatment,” he added.
After his surgery, Zhou went to the bank in a wheelchair to close his bank account. “It’s not easy for anyone to make money. This [donated money] has all been hard earned by others,” he said.
Zhou’s injury will prevent him from doing any heavy manual labor in the future, and the family will go back to their hometown together. “Since this tragedy, I have become certain that the greatest happiness comes through living together as a complete family,” he said.
Last month in Beijing, a man went on the street to become a “human punching bag” to raise finds for his leukemia-stricken son. Touched by his story, members of the public donated a grand total of 800,000 RMB to pay for his son’s medical bills.
By Dina Li