Doctor saves toddler's leg after deadly train collision

13:45, July 27, 2011      

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A two-year-eight-month-old girl rescued 21 hours after a deadly high-speed train crash in east China probably will not lose her left leg, said her doctor Tuesday.

"Currently, the hospital doesn't intend to perform an amputation," said Chen Xinglong, who is in charge of the girl's treatment at the No. 2 Hospital Attached to the Wenzhou Medical College, at a news conference on Tuesday morning.

"The girl's situation is improving every day," Chen said.

The doctors previously said the girl, Xiang Weiyi, possibly faced the amputation due to poor blood circulation in her left leg.

On Sunday night, Xiang underwent leg surgery aimed at improving blood flow.

"On Monday morning, the blood circulation in Xiang's left leg wasn't good and her toes looked ash-colored. But that afternoon, the situation greatly improved, and today her blood circulation has almost come back to normal," Chen said.

Yet although the surgery was successful, the function of Xiang's leg might be affected in the future as she suffered muscular death after being crushed in the carriage, according to Tang Jifei, deputy director of the hospital.

Xiang suffered bruises to her lung, liver and soft tissue in the accident. She also suffered insufficient blood supply in two toes of her left foot.

Before the accident that occurred late Saturday near the city of Wenzhou, Xiang and her parents were on D3115 train, which was later rear-ended by D301 train.

They were heading from Hangzhou, the capital of neighboring Zhejiang Province, to their hometown Wenzhou.

Her father Xiang Yu'an and mother Shi Lihong were confirmed among the dead after the train collision, according to a name list of the victims provided by the Wenzhou police Tuesday.

Firefighters rescued Xiang around 5 p.m. Sunday. She was the last person rescued from the wreckage.

Chen said Xiang is still in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and able to identify her family and talk.

"She often says, "Mummy, hug me"," Chen said.

On Monday morning, the little girl, half sleeping, mistook a nurse who held her in her arms for her mother.

"Mummy, where are you? I thought you didn't want me anymore," she said to the nurse. Many medical staff in the ICU wept.

Chen said given the girl's physical condition they haven't told her about her parents' death.

Football star Hao Haidong has indicated a willingness to adopt Xiang.

"I've talked to my wife, and she supports the idea of adopting her. We sincerely hope that we can help her," Hao said in a message posted on his account of Weibo, Chinese popular Twitter-like microblogging site.

However, the girl's uncle said that although Hao's proposal is kind, it's unnecessary.

During a media interview, he thanked Hao for his sentiments but said that "Yi Yi (the girl's nickname) doesn't need to be adopted and won't be adopted by anybody."

Source: Xinhua
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