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Chinese netizens join efforts to save abused boy

English.news.cn   2012-07-13 20:21:23            

BEIJING, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Internet users have joined in efforts to save a boy in east China's Shandong province who was seriously injured in a shocking case of child abuse.

Scores of Internet users have expressed sympathy for 13-year-old Du Chuanwang, who suffered damage to his intestines and other organs when two of his adult coworkers inserted a working air pump into his anus as a "prank" on the morning of June 30.

Police in Xiajin county have detained the two workers involved and are conducting an investigation into the incident.

Qu's story was widely circulated on the Internet after an anchor from Shandong-based Qilu TV wrote about the incident via Sina Weibo, a popular microblogging site, on July 11.

"The two workers are so inhuman! Let's help the boy!" an Internet user with the screenname "Angeles City" wrote on Sina Weibo.

Internet users also sent donations to the boy, who comes from a poor single-parent family in Xiajin county. Du had been working in the garage as an apprentice after dropping out of school earlier this year.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, more than 400,000 yuan (63,492 U.S. dollars) in donations had been deposited in an account opened by Angel Mom, a Beijing-based non-governmental organization that has offered to help the boy.

"The money we have received is enough for the boy's treatment at the moment. We have posted messages on our Sina Weibo account to ask people to suspend donations," said Li Yuan, a counselor for the organization.

Du was taken to the Xiajin County People's Hospital to undergo operations to repair his damaged intestines after the incident occurred.

Sources with the hospital said Du suffered more than 20 ruptures due to the rapid increase in air pressure in his abdomen, which resulted in damage to multiple organs.

On Thursday, Du was transferred from the county's hospital to Beijing to receive better treatment.

Du is no longer in critical condition after being transferred to the Beijing Bayi Children's Hospital, a source at the hospital said.

"The boy is currently in a stable condition," said Zhang Lei, a medical worker at the Beijing Emergency Medical Center who escorted the boy to Beijing. "His blood pressure, blood oxygen, breathing and heart rate are all stable."

"However, we can only say that he is temporarily out of critical condition, not absolutely," Zhang said.

Thursday's transfer was facilitated by Beijing traffic authorities, who dispatched 85 police officers to clear the road and escort the ambulance after it entered downtown Beijing.

Editor: Yang Lina
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