Story By: Lisa-Maria Goertz, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
A Chinese internet celebrity was set on fire by her ex-husband during a live broadcast and is now in a coma.
The internet celebrity, identified only by the name Ram, 30, began posting videos about her life in the mountains where she looks after her sick father in 2018, and has gained a total of 242,000 followers.
The horrific attack happened in the victim’s home in the mountainous village of Maiska in Jinchuan County, in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan.
According to national newspaper News Sina, the Jinchuan County Public Security Bureau was notified of the incident at 8.50 pm on September 14th.
Police officers have reportedly apprehended the suspect surnamed Tang while they continue to investigate.
According to News Sina, Ram suffered hypovolemic shock, severe dehydration; multiple organ dysfunction syndrome and burns over 80 per cent of her body, leaving her in a critical condition.
Ram had been transferred to a hospital Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital in Chengdu, where she remains in the intensive care unit.
Ram’s father posted online after the incident saying: “Seeing my daughter in front of me totally unrecognisable, I have no motivation to live, but when I see my daughter struggling with the god of death and that there are still some vital signs, I plan to use all means to save my daughter’s life.”
Ram’s family initiated a fundraising campaign online which raised CNY 1 million (GBP 115,000 ) in one day to pay for her treatment.
Ram’s cousin Luo Luo told national newspaper Red Star News: “Her uncle and brother-in-law came to Chengdu and said that her whole body is burnt, especially the hands which were curled up. Even if they can save her life, I am afraid she will not be able to take care of herself.”
Talking about her cousin’s ex-husband, Luo Luo said: “The man carried out domestic violence against Ram. When they had the first child, we persuaded Ram to divorce him. Later, he threatened to kill the child and her family. I got her to come to Chengdu to hide for a while, but her father was too old and she went back for the sake of the children.”
Many social media followers donated and left messages of support and police say they continue to investigate the case.
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