Woman changes mind about suicide, thanks to porridge
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.