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Man forced to pay back leukemia wife's money

A MAN was ordered by a court to return more than 80,000 yuan (US$11,709) in donations to his wife, who has leukemia, after he asked to end their marriage because of her disease.

At the weekend the Fengxian District People's Court also ordered Lin Feng to pay 400 yuan a month to his estranged wife Zhang Ye even though he said he couldn't afford the payment on his 1,000 yuan monthly income.

The couple were colleagues at an audio device company and married in May 2007. Zhang was soon pregnant.

But the fetus was found to have hydrocephalus, where fluid collects in the brain, during a routine examination and she had an abortion.

After the abortion she felt sick and was diagnosed with acute leukemia early in 2008.

Lin promised to take good care of Zhang for life at that time. Meanwhile, she received nearly 120,000 yuan in donations from colleagues, as well as teachers and classmates at Shanghai TV University, where she studied part time. Lin kept the donated money, the court was told.

Lin grew less enthusiastic about caring for his ill wife and wanted a child.

After Zhang left hospital, Lin told her one night that he wanted a divorce so that he could marry another woman and have a child.

Zhang refused and Lin filed a divorce lawsuit. The court rejected the suit, saying Lin should care for his sick wife. Lin didn't return to their home and kept the donated money.

Zhang sued Lin, asking for the donations to pay for further treatment and monthly alimony of 500 yuan. Zhang argued that the money was hers and Lin didn't have the right to use it.

Lin told the court that 10,000 yuan was donated by his relatives and friends and more than 70,000 yuan had already been spent on Zhang's medical treatment and care. He said he would return 46,300 yuan to Zhang.

The court ruled Lin needed to return 86,300 yuan.


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