Woman changes mind about sui­cide, thanks to por­ridge

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A HOT bowl of home­made por­ridge was enough to de­ter an old woman in Tainan, Tai­wan, from tak­ing her own life, China Press re­ported.

Dur­ing the in­ci­dent on Wed­nes­day, two po­lice of­fi­cers, known only as Yang and Lin, were pa­trolling the area near the Xi­gang bridge when they chanced on the 75-year-old woman.

Car­ry­ing only a ruck­sack on her back, the woman, whose sur­name is Lee, was seen pac­ing near the bridge.

Wor­ried about her safety, Yang ap­proached Lee, who told him that she was sim­ply tak­ing a walk af­ter din­ner and was on her way to her sis­ter’s house.

How­ever, she re­fused to di­vulge de­tails about her fam­ily or where she lived.

Yang then man­aged to per­suade Lee to get into the pa­trol car and drove her to the po­lice sta­tion.

Sus­pect­ing that Lee was sui­ci­dal, Yang, who was not a good cook, nev­er­the­less whipped up a bowl of hot por­ridge for the woman at the sta­tion.

While eat­ing the por­ridge, Lee be­gan to cry and admit­ted that she had wanted to end her own life as she was suf­fer­ing from var­i­ous health is­sues, in­clud­ing hy­per­ten­sion, heart ail­ment, di­a­betes and foot pain.

Af­ter doc­tors could not find out the rea­son for her foot pain, Lee felt too de­spaired to con­tinue liv­ing.

Po­lice later man­aged to iden­tify Lee via a fa­cial recog­ni­tion sys­tem and con­tacted her fam­ily.

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