Financial rewards are rolling in for the brave woman who rescued a bleeding two-year-old little girl who was run over twice on a street in China and was exposed to the world through a viral video that revealed dozens of passers-by who ignored the toddler’s plight.
However, out of all seemingly heartless enemies in this story who left the girl in a pool of blood, the spotlight has shifted to a 58-year-old scavenger.
In the video that sparked global rage, Chen Xianmei moves the baby to safety, becoming an instant symbol of modest civility and has now been touted as one of the few true Good Samaritans left in China.
Xianmei was offered $3,135 from two government offices in Guangdong province where the hit-and-run occurred.
“I didn’t think of anything at the time,” Xianmei said in news reports Sunday. “I just wanted to save the girl.”
When Xianmei found the toddler identified as Wang Yue, she had one eye shut and the other eye open looking at her. After pulling the girl to the side of the road, Xianmei traveled around the neighborhood asking if anyone had lost their daughter. She received no responses.
Qu Feifei, the toddler’s mother has said she does not understand the behavior of the passerby, but she showed a positive attitude and has expressed her gratitude for the hero in this story.
“She represents the best of human nature,” she said of her daughter’s rescuer. “It’s the nicest and most natural side of us.”
FeiFei said her daughter is in critical condition, with little activity in her brain despite earlier subtle movements in the lower body.
In most parts of the world there is a Good Samaritan Law that protects those who stop to give aid. China does not have that law so some speculate that fear of being blamed or prosecuted for the girl’s injury made so many turn their eye to the girl’s plight without stopping.