A nine-year-old girl who suffered severe burns over 25 percent of her body while running into a burning home to save her grandma has inspired people across the country.
The fire broke out at a farm house in Heilongjiang province at around 10:00 p.m. on April 21. The young girl, named Gao Zi Han, was inside in the house with her mother and grandparents at the time.
By the time young Zi Han had made it out of the building, it was engulfed in flames and filled with black smoke. Her grandmother Zhang, who could not see well enough in the dark, was still trapped inside the house. Zi Han immediately went back inside again to save her.
The brave child pulled Zhang’s arm around her shoulders and tried to drag her outside, but was stopped by the collapsing roof. Fearing that Zi Han would get hurt, Zhang used her own back as a shield to protect Zi Han as the two made their way out of the raging fire. The two got out alive, but were severely burnt.
Zi Han sustained burns over 25 percent of her body, and Zhang suffered burns over 60 percent of her body. The two were sent to the Harbin Fifth Hospital for six days, racking up some 112,000 RMB in medical expenses. The young girl’s mother, Liu Juan, was no longer able to pay for treatment, even after borrowing from her family and friends and mortgaging about 2.5 hectare of land. The two had to be transferred to the less expensive First Hospital of Suihua City.
There, Zhang stayed in the ICU and had to rely on a ventilator for survival. Though Zi Han’s injuries were less severe, she could only use the most ordinary anti-inflammatory medicines to prevent further infections, as the family could not afford expensive medical care.
The hospital had suggested skin grafting surgery, but it was simply impossible for Liu to afford it. Doctors told her it would cost at least 260,000 RMB to cure Zi Han and Zhang. Overwhelmed with frustration, Liu sent out a plea for help on WeChat.
Zi Han’s story spread quickly online and was soon reported by multiple news stations in Heilongjiang. As generous donations began pouring in from the public, Hui Lian Wang, a chairman from a burn center in Guye, Tangshan, offered to give the Zi Han and Zhang free medical treatment until they fully recover. After a visit to the burn center, Liu decided to transfer the two to the facility.
On June 6, Zi Han and her grandmother Zhang arrived at Tangshan and have undergone rounds of medical treatment. The doctor treating Zi Han said she is making great progress in her recovery, and while traces of burns can still be seen on her forehead, her face will not be permanently scarred.
By Crystal Lau
[Images from news.qq.com]