8:00 am this morning at Huaihai Road, Xinhua Road, an old man fell to the ground and his head was covered in blood. Bystanders called 120 but the answer was: “no more ambulance, wait for it.” A foreign woman cursed, “Fuck you Chinese, you should call ambulance!” The first one to help the elderly up was also this foreigner, looking at the blood on the ground crying… Half an hour later, the ambulance finally came
Liberation Daily reporter @橙邾 posted this incident and photos onto Weibo.
Sometimes have to say, the ‘Magic City’s (Shanghai)’ 120 system is really fucking messed up. Today 8 am at Xinhua Road and West Huaihai Road, an elderly was lying on the ground, with blood covering his head. Bystander called 120, but the answer they got was there was no more ambulance to dispatch. When pleading urgency of the situation, they only gave one word – “wait”. The elderly struggled to get up and constantly made painful sound, the woman who called 120 burst into tears.
There are many bystanders, but all of them were just cursing on the phone to 120, nobody dared to help the elderly up. A foreign woman riding a moped stopped by and cursed with very clear voice “Fuck you Chinese, you should call an ambulance!” I believe many people heard that, but no one talked back. The first person squat down to help the elderly was this foreigner. She also took out a white towel from her handbag to put on the elderly’s head. At this time the ambulance was till no where to be found.
Continue. At this time the police finally came. They called 120 with their radio but still no result. This foreigner looked at the blood on the floor and kept crying. She also took out money to give to people on the street, saying they must pay his medical expenses with it. Maybe this is the only benefit of living in a so-called International metropolis. The crowd of people, including myself, all felt a biting sense of powerlessness.
After waited for half an hour, the fucking ambulance finally came. Three idiots in the ambulance were smiling and horsing around, did you not know delaying could possibly cause a life? Poor elderly, before getting into the ambulance kept saying to take him to a district hospital, do not take him to a major hospital. In the end, the ambulance took him to the closest 455 hospital. In the entire incident, the most fucked up is 120, that’s for sure! And the bystanders including me, in front of this foreigner we should all hit our faces.
The above is the recording of what happened this morning. Perhaps not enough for hot news, but it is a real tragedy happened around us. Too many can be discussed here, but the only thing don’t want to see is helping 120 bureaucracy to wash away their responsibly. Civil society, the only thing we can do is to help each other.
Tell everyone a good news, the 87-year-old Mr. Qian who fell down this morning has now been admitted to 455 hospital on West Huaihai Road. Doctor diagnosed that minor brain stem caused dizziness which led to the fall and caused minor head injury. Currently he is conscious and should be fine. Family members rushed to the scene not knowing what had happened. I told them people called the police and 120, they were very grateful to the anonymous good Samaritans. Hot weather, be very careful if you elderlies at home.