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92-year-old in house dispute remains in hospital

A 92-year-old woman sent to hospital 18 days ago in a dispute over her family home is no closer to leaving, officials said yesterday.

The woman, surnamed Huang, arrived at Minhang Central Hospital by ambulance on November 10.

A hospital spokesman said she arrived alone and that an examination found no trace of disease.

Huang's daughter, surnamed Yang, claimed her mother was thrown out of their home and sent to the hospital by the people now living there.

The elderly woman has refused to leave the hospital as she says Yang told her to remain there until the dispute was resolved.

In the meantime, Huang sleeps on a stretcher provided by the hospital.

Yang claims her husband secretly signed a contract to sell their apartment on Guidu Road, Minhang District, in May 2009 and then disappeared with the money, leaving her and Huang homeless.

In 2010, a court ruled the contract invalid and ordered her husband to return 365,000 yuan (US$57,271) to the buyer. As required by the court, the buyer left the apartment and Yang sent her mother back to live there.

However, the buyer moved back in as Yang's husband could not be traced to return the money.

It is said that the buyer called the ambulance that took Huang to the hospital. The hospital organized accommodation elsewhere for Huang, but Yang refused, saying her mother would remain in hospital until the people who called the ambulance are held by police.

Yang has organized for a waiter from a nearby restaurant to send two meals a day to her mother, said the head nurse, surnamed Xie, at the hospital's emergency department.

Xie said the hospital will continue to communicate with Yang and look after Huang in the meantime.

Wu Dong, a local lawyer, said Yang's behavior was "cruel" and did nothing to solve the house dispute. Wu said Yang should seek mediation, rather than "torturing her mother in order to see her demands met."


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