Chinese hit-and-run toddler ignored by 18 passersby dies in hospital
THE Chinese toddler who was ignored by 18 passers-by after she was the victim of a hit-and-run has died from her injuries.
Two-year-old Wang Yue was run over by two cars last Thursday in a market in the southern province of Guangdong.
Closed-circuit television footage of 18 people walking past her body without helping her has ignited outrage both inside China and worldwide.
After a week of battling to save her, doctors said her heart had stopped beating at 12.32am this morning (FRI). Her parents paid her a final visit shortly afterwards.
"For a week, we have spared no effort to save her," said a spokesman for the Guangzhou Military Hospital. "The best army doctors that we have have cared for her, but in the end her traumas were too great. We extend our condolences to her family."
The toddler, who wandered out of her parent's shop while her mother's back was turned, suffered brain damage and severe organ failure after being hit by two vehicles in a lane of the Guangzhou Foshan hardware market.
Some of the people who walked past her body, as it lay bleeding in the middle of the lane, denied seeing her. Others said they had been too scared to help her. It is possible that the toddler could have survived the initial accident if one of the early passers-by had come to her aid.
The episode has deeply shamed China and ignited a national debate about the marked disregard that many seem to have for their fellow man.
The girl's parents, Wang Chichang and Qu Feifei, have stopped short of pointing the finger, however, instead blaming themselves for their negligence. "There are still more good people than bad in the world," said Mr Wang.