Another story of desperate measures being taken to cover an unaffordable medical bill has tugged on the heartstrings of web users across the country. This one involves a young woman in Hebei who was photographed offering hugs for 10 yuan to help raise funds for her boyfriend’s transplant operation.
The woman, identified as Yuanyuan, appeared in the streets of Sanhe city on Tuesday next to a large paper sign reading: “To cure my boyfriend, I would like to hug you for 10 yuan”.
She said that her boyfriend, surnamed Jia, was in need of a bone marrow transplant surgery, and was asked to put down 250,000 yuan for the deposit, according to Xinhua. Unable to pay the fee, Jia asked doctors if the surgery could be delayed, but they feared that donated bone marrow might not be available if he waited too long.
Yuanyuan said she recalled the father in Beijing who managed to raise 800,000 yuan in donations for his leukemia-stricken son after turning himself into a “human punching bag”, so she decided to take to the streets herself and offer a one-minute hug for 10 yuan.
When Jia heard of Yuanyuan’s street-side gig, he arrived at the scene to stop her. Witnesses said the two got into a heated argument on the street and both broke down in tears.
Whether or not it was all a show for the public, the couple’s story is just one of many showing the lengths some will go to just to support a loved one. Just earlier this week we reported about an Anhui man who begged on the streets to save money for his sick son’s leukemia treatment. Dozens of other cases like these only fuel criticism of China’s health care system, which some argue fails to help those who are most vulnerable and in need.