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Controversy over 'heroic rescue'

(Shanghai Daily)

10:36, October 12, 2011

A worker at the Bei'er Fireproofing Material Co shows a stack of granule bags yesterday. Each bag contains 1,000 kilograms.(Shanghai Daily Photo)

LYING in bed, 20-year-old Chen Meijie is frustrated not only by the crushed vertebrae that have left her temporarily paralyzed, but also by the debate whether she is a hero who risked her life to save three children ... or a money-grabber.

Chen says she suffered the injuries taking the impact of a sack of granules weighing about 1,000 kilograms that was about to fall on children playing in a yard in Baoshan District on August 1.

The native of Luoyang City in Henan Province, who was working as an intern in the city, was visiting a friend working at Bei'er Fireproofing Material Co at the time.

She said she saw a sack begin to fall on the two girls and a boy, aged seven and eight, whose parents worked at the plant, and rushed over.

Chen took the brunt of the impact while the children suffered less serious injuries.

However, Chen was shocked to learn that when the city government wanted to reward her for her actions, the children's parents denied she had saved them.

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