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Hero bus driver's family in city hospital help plea

RELATIVES of the Shanghai tour bus driver who managed to bring his packed vehicle to a halt after suffering a brain hemorrhage are calling on specialist city hospitals to treat him.

Mei Wenjun, 40, who was dubbed a hero by passengers for his actions on Saturday, underwent a second brain operation yesterday at the Changhua People's Hospital in Lin'an, Zhejiang Province.

Professors from Hangzhou, Zhejiang's capital, who carried out the surgery said Mei's condition had been very serious as more blood was found in his skull and he had fever.

The surgery was a success, and his condition didn't worsen, they said. Mei remains in a critical condition.

But family members said the Changhua People's Hospital is poorly equipped and are desperate to find another hospital.

It could not provide ice caps, worn to reduce swelling of the brain, they said.

Instead, family members were forced to improvise and place two bottles of iced mineral water on either side of Mei's head, they claimed.

"And the hospital doesn't have an intensive care unit, meaning my cousin must stay in a general ward," said Xu Jingjing, a cousin of Mei.

"Eight people are staying in one room, and some have colds, which are very dangerous for him."

Doctors there said if Mei doesn't suffer further hemorrhages over the next two days, he can be transferred.

"My cousin will be transferred to Hangzhou No.1 Hospital first, and then, hopefully, to Shanghai," said Xu.

She hopes that a Shanghai hospital can offer a bed.

The family contacted Huashan Hospital in Shanghai, which is renowned for its neurological treatment, but no beds were available.

"The family can ask our doctors to go to Zhejiang to provide a consultation there," said Dai Runming, an official with the hospital.


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