A 12-year-old girl in Shaanxi province has spent her life tied up by her own parents to stop her from running away after she became permanently brain damaged at the age of eight months old.
According to NetEase, Xiaoyu’s father, surnamed Yang, said that she suffered a series of high fevers when she was eight months. After that, her health condition began to worsen and she suffered several convulsions on a daily basis.
Yang then sold his pig to pay for her medical treatment in a large hospital in the city, where she was diagnosed with cerebral vasospasm.
As the poverty-stricken family couldn’t afford her medical fees, Yang simply asked for a prescription of oral medicine to treat her daughter at home. At the age of one year old, Xiaoyu fell off her bed and hit her head during a convulsion and since has had no ability to communicate.
For the sake of Xiaoyu’s safety, Yang has fastens her to a window in the kitchen when he is at home and ties her to a tree outside when he leaves to go to work. The rope he uses is only 1 meter long.
When approached by strangers, Xiaoyu will lift her head up for a look but soon after return to her own pattern of mumbling. “She’ll run away if I don’t restrain her. I have no alternative way to fix the problem,” said Yang.
Locking up children to keep them in control isn’t new in China. Just last month, a 12-year-old boy named Yuan Jiankang from Shandong province was reportedly left unable to speak after being locked up with his mentally unstable mother in a house for eight years by his father.
By Lucy Liu
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