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Farmer attempts 6-hour surgery on himself

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  1. Rob Cypher
    A Chinese farmer who was unable to afford surgery after suffering frostbite cut off both of his feet with shards of broken glass.

    Liu Dunhe, 44, told the South China Morning Post he was in so much pain from the gangrenous infection in his feet that he couldn’t take it anymore.

    He used glass shards to amputate his feet – an operation that took him six hours to complete.

    "I used the glass to repeatedly cut through my muscle tendon. It was astonishingly painful," Liu said.

    "I had to swallow some alcohol to try to anaesthetize myself when I couldn't stand the pain," he added.

    Liu’s feet suffered frostbite after he tended his farm barefoot, and they later became infected.

    Treatment in a hospital would have cost $1,600. He never enrolled in China’s voluntary health plan, which for about $12 a year pays for up to 70 percent of medical treatments, according to the South China Morning Post.

    After he cut off his feet, he kept the surgery secret until the new wounds became infected.

    Villagers raised $3,700 to get him medical attention. Village officials also subscribed him to a state health insurance plan with a handicap subsidy.

    Liu is not expected to be released from the hospital for several weeks.

    Sarah Fruchtnicht
    Opposing Views
    May 15, 2014

    http://www.opposingviews.com/i/soci...glass-6-hour-diy-surgery#sthash.cAtKabd0.dpuf

Comments

  1. tidruid
    12 dollars a year for healthcare??? It makes me wonder why he never signed up for that type of plan.
  2. questforstarfish
    $12 a year can be a lot to some people, though- I was recently in the Philippines in an area where people are living in homes put together with pieces of scrap metal and wood. None of them work, but they are able to fish in that area so they can eat. If they do make any money selling the fish, they use it to buy rice. They couldn't afford 25 cents for the jeepney to take them to the free clinic when their child had an infection. Poverty is a shocking thing, sadly...
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