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Worker who saved boy set to undergo surgery

THE market worker who caught a five-year-old that fell from the fourth floor of a residential building on Monday will undergo surgery next week on the injured nerve in his neck and spine, hospital officials said yesterday.

Wang Jianzhong, a 58-year-old Shanghai resident, has also been nominated for a bravery award by the Baoshan District government.

About 8:20am on Monday, Wang, a warehouse keeper at a wholesale market in Baoshan District, ran to a nearby building after hearing cries and seeing a little boy hanging from a fourth-floor window. He stretched out to catch the boy, who gave up suddenly. Both fell to the ground together.

Wang was sent to the Shanghai No.3 People's Hospital and the boy was rushed to Changhai Hospital.

According to officials from the Shanghai No.3 People's Hospital, Wang suffered numbness on his limbs due to a nerve injury and the surgery was needed to repair the damage.

"We have organized our best spinal surgeons for Wang's surgery," said a hospital official named Qin Yan. "He may need a long term rehabilitation after the surgery. Right now, it is difficult to say if he will recover fully."

The boy, who was also hospitalized, was in stable condition and moved to a general ward yesterday. On Monday, he was operated for a broken jaw and cheek bones and other injuries.

"We ruled out brain injury after careful examination and we will do a complete check on the kid again after yesterday's surgery," said Dr Tang Zhen from Changhai Hospital.


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