Burned auto worker re­mains in crit­i­cal con­di­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By LIU KUN in Wuhan WANG QINGYUN in Bei­jing

A 54- year- old man in Hubei prov­ince who suf­fered ma­jor burns to 96 per­cent of his body in an auto fac­tory in­ci­dent re­mains in crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter re­ceiv­ing two skin grafts from his two sons.

Liu Shengjun had surgery on Satur­day to trans­plant skin to his back from his younger son Liu Yang. It was Liu Shengjun’s third skin graft af­ter an in­ci­dent at an auto parts fac­tory in Xiangyang, Hubei prov­ince, on June 18, left al­most his en­tire body with high-de­gree burns.

On June 19, he had his first surgery in Wuhan, where doc­tors took skin from his scalp to re­place dam­aged skin on his limbs. But in July, the wounds on his torso be­gan to fes­ter and on July 21, doc­tors used the skin from the scalp and back of Liu Shengjun’s el­der son, Liu Pei, to per­form the surgery.

Doc­tors rec­om­mended us­ing the skin from Liu Shengjun’s younger son for the third surgery be­cause the el­der son was still re­cov­er­ing. Liu Yang re­port­edly of­fered to use his skin.

“The ( Satur­day) surgery went fine. We took off 10 per­cent of the younger son’s skin,” said Xie Weiguo, vi­cepres­i­dent of the Third Hos­pi­tal of Wuhan, where Liu is be­ing hos­pi­tal­ized.

Both Liu Yang and Liu Shengjun’s wife, Dai Yalan, said the fam­ily has spent more than 800,000 yuan ($130,660) on hos­pi­tal treat­ment.

“He earned about 2,000 yuan ev­ery month, but didn’t sign a con­tract with the fac­tory he works for and he doesn’t have in­sur­ance of any kind,” said Dai. “Now we owe money to at least 30 peo­ple and we owe more than 80,000 yuan to the hos­pi­tal for the treat­ment.”

The auto parts fac­tory has paid 70,000 yuan to the hos­pi­tal for Liu Shengjun’s treat­ment, but the fac­tory still owes him salary, Liu Yang said, with­out giv­ing a spe­cific amount.

Liu Yang has sold his apart­ment for 200,000 yuan to help pay for some of the treat­ment.

“We plan to turn to the au­thor­i­ties to solve this prob­lem, but right now we need to take care of my fa­ther and we don’t have much en­ergy for other is­sues,” Liu Yang said.

Xie Weiguo, vice- pres­i­dent of the Third Hos­pi­tal of Wuhan, said treat­ment for th­ese cases usu­ally costs about 2 mil­lion yuan.

“We will con­tinue the treat­ment no mat­ter what. My fa­ther is only 54 and we will do all that we can. I don’t dare think what the fu­ture may hold, but I need to face it and help him to get through this,” Liu Yang said.

Pub­lic sym­pa­thy has grown for the fam­ily’s plight. The fam­ily has so far re­ceived more than 110,000 yuan in pub­lic do­na­tions, said He Liang, a re­porter with Wuhan Morn­ing Post, which is mon­i­tor­ing the char­i­ta­ble ac­count for Liu.

“Their help gave me great com­fort. I’m re­ally moved,” Liu Pei said. Con­tact the writ­ers at liukun@chi­nadaily.com.cn and wangqingyun@ chi­nadaily.com.cn Guo Xingchan in Wuhan con­trib­uted to this story.

MIAO JIAN / FOR CHINA DAILY

An aunt wipes away tears from Liu Yang’s face af­ter he had surgery to trans­plant his skin to his fa­ther on Satur­day.

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