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Wen replies to desperate mother of injured boy

A WOMAN in central China, whose son was seriously burned in an accident, has had a reply to a letter she wrote to Premier Wen Jiabao and a Red Cross donation of 30,000 yuan (US$4,393).

On the authorization of the State Council or China's cabinet, the China Red Cross Foundation chipped in the money for medical treatment.

It was a most welcome reply for Qin Huani from Zigui County in Hubei Province who wrote to Premier Wen telling him of the difficulties her family was facing, China News Service reported today.

On January 24 Qin took her son to her hometown Zigui to celebrate the Spring Festival but the 8-year-old boy fell into a burning lime kiln when playing with friends.

He managed at last to climb out of the kiln but 40 percent of his skin was severely burned.

Medical treatment expenses for surgery and future skin transplants could run as high as 1 million yuan.

Most of the 400,000 yuan Qin's family raised or received from donations has been used up. Another 150,000 yuan was owed immediately and a further 800,000 yuan could be needed in the future.

Qin decided to seek help from Wen by sending him a letter. She spent an entire night writing the three-page letter and posted it the next day.

A staff member of the Chinese Red Cross told Qin at the beginning of the month it would help her and Wen replied to her letter. The money was sent to the hospital on April 11.

Qin has hired attorneys to sue the owner and operator of the lime kiln as well as the local government as no warning signs or safety measures had been installed.

The Zigui County People's Court is expected to hear the case on April 27.


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