Chinese netizens are currently questioning one father’s priorities after he demanded compensation from a doctor who damaged his son’s clothing in the course of saving his life.
On September 11th, the son, surnamed Li, was brought into a hospital in Wuhan after losing consciousness due to a pulmonary embolism, a blockage of an artery in the lungs. In the emergency room, a doctor was able to save Li’s life. However, afterward, Li’s father noted that his son’s clothing had been cut and the contents of his pockets were missing.
Because of this, the father demanded that the doctor pay 1,500 yuan in compensation.
In the end, the doctor managed to negotiate the father down and paid him only 1,000 yuan. Afterward, he told reporters that he could understand where the father was coming from. “For some people, 1,000 yuan is not a big deal, but for him, it was probably very important,” he said.
The story has since gone viral on Weibo with Chinese netizens christening the doctor a “saint” and the father a “piece of trash.” “Probably, his life isn’t even worth 1,000 yuan,” wrote one Weibo user. “For some people, you can bring their bodies back to life, but not their souls,” commented another.
Meanwhile, another netizen worried about what sort of precedent this would set in the emergency room: “Doctors! In the future, please save my life before my clothes!”
By Máté Mohos
[Images via Beijing News]
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