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Migrant’s lonely death under a bridge

By Sun Xiaobo (Global Times)

10:00, December 03, 2012

A migrant worker, who was found dead under an overpass in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, had refused help from passersby and medical workers who had checked on his well-being during the 20 days he was known to have been lying there, according to a report by local health authorities Sunday.

The Zhengzhou-based Henan Business Daily quoted passersby as saying the man had not moved from under the overpass for some 20 days and emergency medical services had attended to the man twice. The man had been seen living under the bridge for a month.

A bus driver surnamed Song was quoted by the newspaper as saying that the first time medical staff was called they left after discovering the man had neither family nor money. They gave about 20 yuan ($3.21) to buy food the second time they attended to the man.

Song said she called the local homeless shelter but they didn't arrive on the scene until the day the man was found dead.

Staff at the shelter told they received the call about the man under the overpass on Friday, but when they arrived, he had already been declared dead by medical workers.

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