4yo In ICU After Valve Hits Head From 21 Storeys Up

Story By: John FengSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report

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This footage shows a crying mother holding her unconscious son who is fighting for his life after being struck by a metal valve which fell from 21 storeys up onto his head.

The boy aged three years and 10 months was walking home from nursery school with his mum, Zhong Lingfang, when the incident happened in the city of Dongyang in East China’s Zhejiang Province on 14th November.

Ms Zhong, who lives in the Zijing Zhuangyuan Residential District, said: “One second he was eating a banana and holding my hand, and the next he collapsed on the ground.

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“He wasn’t crying and made no sound. His head was covered in blood.”

According to the police, the boy, whose family name is Ouyang, was struck on the head by a metal angle valve weighing roughly 3 pounds.

The authorities arrested a renovation worker surnamed Zu, 29, who told investigators he accidentally knocked the valve off the top of a 21st-floor air-conditioning unit he was soldering when he accidentally burned his hand.

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The tot was taken to Dongyang People’s Hospital where he has since undergone a five-hour emergency operation.

ICU nurse Ying Manzhen said the nursery school pupil was still comatose after his surgery.

He is breathing with the help of a respiratory machine, and the hospital’s priority is to keep him alive, Ying said.

The workman remains in custody as investigations continue.

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John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.

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