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Woman in hospital, 92, to lose her home

HUANG Qingfang, a 92-year-old who has been left in a local hospital for 19 days in a dispute over her home, now has no home to return to as the apartment is going to be auctioned by the Minhang District People's Court to pay for her son-in-law's debts.

The woman, who sleeps on a stretcher in the hospital, is still waiting for her daughter, Yang Heshuang, to take her home. She doesn't know about the auction of her home.

Huang refuses to leave the hospital, saying Yang told her to remain there until the debt dispute was solved. "I won't leave until my daughter tells me to," she said yesterday.

The court said the apartment belongs to Cao Ruihua, 69, Huang's son-in-law, who refused to pay his debts and then disappeared.

Yang, 66, claimed her husband secretly signed a contract to sell their apartment on 345 Guidu Road, Minhang District, in May 2009 and then vanished with the money, leaving her and Huang homeless.

To win their home back, Yang appealed to the court in 2010 and the court ruled the contract invalid but ordered Cao to return 365,000 yuan (US$57,271) to the buyer.

However, Cao disappeared after taking the money and has not been seen since.

Yang said the buyer then started quareling with her and her mother to seek the return of the money and also damaged their house.

Although the previous court ruled the contract invalid, the apartment will still be auctioned to pay for Cao's debts, said the court.

The neighborhood committee for Yang's home said it will talk to Yang and arrange for her mother to live in a nursing home.


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