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Cops, netizens help save girl's life

A 12-YEAR-OLD girl who sustained serious eye and brain injuries while she and her cousin played with a bamboo stick was rushed yesterday from Jiangxi Province in a five-hour mercy dash to Shanghai.

The emergency trip was escorted by police and sped along by netizens who spread the word to open up traffic lanes for the taxi she was in.

Wu Meihui from Poyang City of Jiangxi arrived at the Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Hospital of Fudan University with her uncle and aunt at about 4pm yesterday.

Dr Gan Dekang of the emergency department said the girl had a broken eye socket, burst eyeball and injured brain from the Wednesday accident.

"The stick entered the eye 2 to 3 centimeters and went into the brain," Gan said. "It is very possible she will lose the eyeball, and we have invited neurosurgeons from other hospitals to help with a group diagnosis on the patient."

The girl was conscious after the accident and during the trip.

Her uncle, Wu Jinbiao, posted on a microblog on the way to Shanghai at 11am, calling for police guidance and for other vehicles to make way.

Shanghai police were waiting for the taxi at the city limits and accompanied the taxi to the hospital. Many netizens gave directions to the Jiangxi taxi driver.

The girl had been taken to doctors in Poyang City and the provincial capital of Nanchang, but they "suggested we send the girl to a big city like Shanghai within 24 hours," Wu said. "We had planned to take a plane, but Shanghai doctors suggested coming by road. So we hired a taxi."

Wu's father, who is working in Guangdong Province, caught a plane to Shanghai yesterday.

With the arrival of summer vacation in July, local doctors are warning parents that they should take care of children's eye safety and eyesight.

"Unexpected accidents can be dangerous for the eyes, while long-term overuse of TVs, computers and iPads also can lead to damage during vacation," said Dr Li Haiyan from Shanghai Xinshijie Eye Hospital.


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