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Glass victim heading home

A 19-year-old woman who was struck by a pane of glass from a high-rise in Hangzhou and had her lower leg amputated has recovered well and will leave a hospital in Shanghai today.

But she has not received any compensation.

"I have made myself accept the fact that I have lost part of my leg forever, but worry the company that should take responsibility may refuse to pay the compensation," said Zhu Yiyi, who comes from a rural family in east China's Jiangxi Province.

A 1-meter-long sheet of glass dropped from the 21st floor and hit Zhu from behind on her knee on July 8 as she walked near the 23-story Qingchun Development Building on her way to work in Hangzhou City in neighboring Zhejiang Province.

Her left leg was almost cut off beneath her knee. Her parents later took her to Shanghai to receive better treatment.

The property management company of the building has covered the medical expenses of more than 100,000 yuan (US$15,670) with the help of a Hangzhou law firm, but has yet to pay any compensation, Zhu told reporters.

The tenant of the floor where the glass fell, a paper-making company, still refuses to take any responsibility, she added.

Zhu underwent three operations in the Shanghai No.6 People's Hospital to remove her left leg from 10 centimeters above the ankle. Doctors were able to save her knee.

Zhu will return to Hangzhou, where she rents an apartment and works as an architectural designer, to receive rehabilitation.

"I still feel optimistic about my future. For example, I can be a senior architectural designer. I can also find my Mr Right to love for my entire life," she said.


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