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Doctors rescue swine flu teen

DOCTORS raced 300 kilometers across mountains in southern China to bring a severely ill H1N1 flu victim back to hospital after his parents took him home to die.

The 13-year-old boy is recovering at Guangdong Province People's Hospital in the provincial capital Guangzhou City, today's Yangcheng Evening News reported.

The teenager, born to a poor rural family in Guangdong's Qingyuan City, was sent to the Guangzhou hospital for treatment after being diagnosed with swine flu on November 3.

On November 30, his parents decided to check him out of hospital as they feared they couldn't afford any more treatment.

"He'd been coughing up a lot of blood," said his father Li Muxiu, "and he knew he probably wouldn't survive."

The next morning, the hospital's officials learned about the discharge and tried to contact the family to say treatment would be free.

That night, the hospital sent a seven-member medical team to drive more than 300km to pick up the boy, who was in a coma when they found him. Previously he had survived leukemia.


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