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Girl burned while saving mother

By An Wei (

14:40, April 11, 2013

Yan Qianyu's hand. (Photo/ CFP)

A girl named Yan Qianyu from Dengzhou, central China's Henan Province, was severely burned when she attempted to save her mother from the flames of their burning home. The event has triggered a strong reaction from the public, with many offering to lend a helping hand.

"Save my mum!"Yan cried

Around 9:00 p.m. of April 9, a Dahe newspaper journalist came to visit the burn unit of Henan University Affiliated Nanshi Hospital in Nanyang. The reporter found Yan's mother, Liu Yujiu, crouching down inside the ward.

Liu said that on the day of the fire it had been raining outside, and both she and her husband were sleeping inside their room. She vaguely heard Qianyu crying,"Fire! Save my mum!"

"I immediately got up, saw the fire and ran out of the room. When I got outside I found my husband lying on the ground…" Liu said, "Then the neighbors came to put out the fire and rescued my daughter, whose clothes had burnt off, carrying her out of the fire. When we were [already] inside the ambulance, she was still yelling, "Save my mum."

Mother offers her own skin

45-year-old Liu told the reporter the family possessed a dozen acres of land and the overall annual revenue of the whole family stands at just over 10,000 yuan (US$1,613).

As a next step in these tragic circumstances, the family plans to sell their house in order to save the girl's life. If skin grafting is needed, Liu is willing to donate her own skin in order to save her daughter.
A life still in danger

The doctor in charge, Sun Yufei, explained Yan is being kept in the Extraordinarily Severe Burn Unit. Not only was she badly burned externally, her lungs suffered damage through the inhalation of smoke and extreme heat. Life-threatening complications may occur at any given time.

The surface of her wounds needs to be treated and healed in the future through microskin grafting and allogeneic skin grafting transplantation.

Sun has stated that at least five or six surgeries, at the total cost of some 1.5 million yuan, would be needed in the future in order to save the child's life.

Thousands follow and forward Yan's story

Thousands of internet users have followed and forwarded yan's heroic story and donations are flooding in to help pay for medical treatment for her terrible injuries.

Henan real estate company Tianlun is donating 100,000 yuan (US$16120) while a local charity organization has contributed 10,000 yuan.

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