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Dairy promises job for injured foot milkman

A SHANGHAI dairy has promised a milkman who insisted on completing his round despite almost severing a tendon in his foot that he will still have a job when he's fit to work again.

Officials from Bright Dairy said yesterday that they would arrange an appropriate position for Jin Yousheng after he completes rehabilitation treatment. This could see Jin return to his old job or work at the depot.

The 42-year-old, who hit the headlines in July when he completed his round despite suffering huge blood loss, has expressed his eagerness to return to work soon.

"Jin is a good employee and we've been moved by his devotion to work," said He Chunlan from Bright Dairy. "We've even created a cartoon story based on his experiences for next year's desk calendar."

Jin, a Jiangsu Province native, is expected to return to work in mid February after completing a month's rehabilitation. Doctors said his condition had improved greatly through a program of acupuncture, massage and laser treatment.

Jin's right foot was cut on broken glass at a complex on Luyang Road in Putuo District on July 29. Fearing complaints from customers if he did not complete his deliveries, Jin wrapped his profusely bleeding foot in clothing and continued his round, leaving a trail of blood as he went.

Eventually, Jin was persuaded by his family to go to Huashan Hospital where he underwent surgery.

Bright Dairy officials said the firm had paid Jin's 24,000 yuan (US$3,598) medical bills. He also receives 1,250 yuan a month while off sick.

"I hope I can recover as soon as possible and return to work," said Jin, who earned around 2,000 yuan a month before the accident.


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