FOSHAN, China – The 58-year-old Chen Xianmei - the garbage collector or a "scrap peddler" (as mentioned by Adam Minter, author of the Shanghai Scrap blog) – who was the first to react to save the 2-year-old knocked down twice by vehicles in city of Foshan (China), was reportedly rewarded 10,000 yuan ($1,588) by local officials.
A local company also announced their financial support of 50,000 yuan ($7,945) to the family of Wang Yue, also called Yueyue, and the rescuer, Chen Xianmei.
“Besides the reward, we would like to offer Chen a job with stable income so as to encourage this kind of activity,” an anonymous assistant manager at the company told media.
On the other hand, the Chinese state news agency Xinhua said Wang Yue was in a deep coma and could die at any time; while China Daily reported that she was still in intensive care but showing signs of stability.
Wang Yue's mother has appeared on Sina Weibo herself to explain the situation of her daughter. Though Wang Yue was still unable to breathe on her own, her situation was getting stabilized, and she has regained some sensation in her limbs, she said.
Doctors say that her chances of recovery are now better than earlier estimated.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Wang Yue's father expressed his grief, “What’s up with people these days? They make so many excuses to turn a blind eye. The society is so indifferent, so heartless.”
Wang Yue was walking in a narrow market street in the city of Foshan in Guangdong province when she was hit and run over by a van. The driver stopped, but then continued driving, running over Wang Yue again with his rear wheels.
UPDATES: According to latest updates the baby Wang Yue dies Friday morning, Read UPDATES HERE.