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Man attempts suicide to take burden from his mother

A PARALYZED man tried to commit suicide by setting fire to the house he was living in so that he would no longer be a burden to his mother.

His mother struggled to earn a living by collecting garbage but on Sunday, as she was trying to work some distance away, she looked up and saw that her house was ablaze. She rushed back but was overcome by fire and smoke.

Villagers plucked both the mother and the son, a 42-year-old man named Cui, from the burning home and took them to hospital, a Jilin-based newspaper reported today.

Cui suffered serious burns to his head, face and hands and is being treated at a Changchun hospital in the capital of Jilin Province. His 83-year-old mother recovered and is now taking care of him again.

Four years ago Cui's hands and feet were paralyzed and he had to stay at home and had no money for treatment.

The house destroyed in the fire belonged to Cui's sister's, who is in her sixties and has no income either.

It is not the first tragedy to afflict this family. Ten years ago, Cui's brother asked his mother for money after a drinking session. His mother refused and the brother grabbed an ax ready to attack the old woman who snatched the ax back and killed the son who had a history of violent behavior towards her and her husband.

At the time Cui wanted to serve the jail term instead of his mother and told police he had killed his brother. But his mother admitted the crime as well and both went to jail. When Cui was in prison he learned that his wife and adopted son had decided to leave him.

"I don't want to live anymore. It is meaningless and mother has to support me." Cui said he was thinking before he attempted suicide

Now the luckless pair are facing mounting hospital bills although the local government is considering a subsidy for the family.


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