GIFT OF LIFE

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Woman who had a lucky es­cape as a child now has a baby of her own

At around 3 am on March 7, Li Heng gave birth to a boy, weigh­ing 3.35 kilo­grams, at Peo­ple’s Hos­pi­tal in Zhongmu county, He­nan prov­ince.

Her fam­ily wept for joy as the lit­tle boy was born.

But the birth of her child was also a re­minder of Li’s brush with death more than 20 years ago.

On Oct 15, 1995, when she was only one-and-a-half years old, she was taken to Zhengzhou by her mother to visit her fa­ther, who was work­ing on a con­struc­tion site.

Dur­ing the visit, she ac­ci­den­tally fell into an 8-meter-deep pit at the site.

It took more than 300 po­lice­men, med­i­cal work­ers and mu­nic­i­pal work­ers three hours to res­cue her.

Now this story has an­other chap­ter, as Li Heng has a baby of her own.

PHOTOS BY CHEN GENGSHENG / FOR CHINA DAILY

At around 3 am on March 7, Li Heng gave birth to a lit­tle boy, who weighed 3.35 kilo­grams, at Peo­ple’s Hos­pi­tal in Zhongmu county, He­nan prov­ince.

Li Heng uses her spare time to work in the fields, eas­ing the fam­ily bur­den; she gets mar­ried on Dec 3 last year; she learns about com­put­ers at the Zhengzhou In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy.

Li Heng helped her fam­ily to do farm work when she was 11; the very mo­ment she was res­cued from the pit

From left:

From left: in 1995.

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