A paramedic in Sichuan had just tried to save the life of a patient early on Sunday morning when he was brutally assaulted by an angry husband who believed that the doctor had taken too long to arrive, resulting in his wife’s death.
According to the 28-year-old doctor named Wu Jianqiang, who is being treated in Deyang People’s Hospital, he received an emergency call from the family at 12:57 a.m. on Sunday morning. He, along with a nurse and two stretcher carriers immediately got in an ambulance and reached the patient’s residence by 1:06 a.m.
Wu himself initially carried his medical kit and followed a middle-aged man to arrive at the patient’s home. He checked on the woman and performed CPR, but she showed no signs of life.
As Wu pronounced the woman dead, the family began shouting at him, with one of the men gripping his collar in rage. They even chased after him and threatened to chop off his hands.
Wu fell on the ground while running away, allowing two family members to catch up and pulverize him while he was lying defenseless on the ground.
According to the Deyang police, both the woman’s husband (surnamed Hu) and their neighbor (surnamed Shi) openly admitted to committing the crime. Hu has since been released on bail as he deals with his wife’s death while Shi was detained.
Police told reporters that the two suspects will be treated in accordance with the law.
The incident has triggered a barrage of criticism on Chinese social media.
One web user named @沐溪河畔 said: “These criminals should be severely punished. Doctors’ safety must be improved, otherwise, no doctors can be found to practice treatment to patients.”
“It took them three minutes to arrive and he was treated this way. What if it was ten minutes? Would he be skinned and eaten alive?” wrote a Zhengjiang netizen named @猫咕喱
“It needs to be known that assuring doctors’ safety is everyone’s obligation,” commented @ 铁血真心
By Lucy Liu
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