A Chinese student affected by poverty who lived with 20 pence a day died in poverty after suffering complications caused by severe malnutrition, according to her family.
Wu Huayan, 24, weighed a little more than three stones before his death because he couldn’t afford to buy food, it was reported.
Ms. Wu, from the rural province of Guizhou, only had two yuan (20 pence) left over each day for meals because she had to save money to treat her sick brother.
Wu Huayan, from the Chinese province of Guizhou, died after suffering complications caused by malnutrition. Her parents died and she had to take care of her sick brother.
Ms. Wu died of an unspecified illness yesterday afternoon at the hospital, her family told the Beijing Youth Daily.
The news was confirmed by the government of Ms. Wu’s hometown, Shabahe County, to The Paper, based in Shanghai.
The news of his death came when the Chinese president, Xi, promised to build a Xiaokang or moderately prosperous society and eliminate extreme poverty by the end of 2020.
It also occurred after a Chinese province declared last week that only 17 of its 80 million residents were in poverty.
He was only allowed to eat two steam buns or two bowls of steamed rice per day due to his financial situation. She ate as little as possible, which led her to be malnourished.
Ms. Wu was 4 feet 5 inches tall and weighed 21.5 kg (47 pounds).
She was a student at Shenghua Vocational College in Tongren City.
Her mother died when she was four years old and her father died when she was 18 years old, leaving her as the only caregiver for her younger brother who suffers from a mental illness.
In an interview in October, Ms. Wu said she received 300 yuan (£ 33) per month from the local government as social assistance, but with that money she also needed to cover part of her brother’s medical bills.
During the previous five years, he had lived extremely frugally, eating as little food as possible.
‘I am not like other people who can ask their parents for money after they spend it. I don’t have parents, ” he said in the video interview.
With an impossible daily food budget of two yuan, he was only allowed to eat two steam buns or two bowls of steamed rice.
I used to have a lot of hair. But in the third year of high school, my hair began to fall in lumps, just like my eyebrows, ” Wu said.
He added that his brother had to be hospitalized in the same year.
Ms. Wu, a university student, initially refused to see the doctor because of her malnutrition due to financial problems, her classmates had to take her to the hospital by force to make sure she was treated
Good Samaritans approached to help Ms. Wu, donating more than £ 76,700 to her last year
Although the government covered half of her brother’s medical bills, she still had to borrow 5,000 yuan (£ 548) to pay the rest.
In an interview with Guizhou City News, he said he knew he had been malnourished, but could not afford to go to the hospital.
“I often didn’t feel strength in my limbs, I couldn’t sleep and my feet began to swell,” he said.
After entering college, Ms. Wu took a student loan and worked two part-time jobs to improve her financial situation.
But in September, Ms. Wu’s classmates demanded that she go to the doctor after seeing her fragile physical condition.
Ms. Wu initially refused because of financial concerns, so her classmates took her to the hospital by force.
In addition to malnutrition, it was discovered that he had heart valve problems and needed surgery, which would cost more than 20,000 yuan (£ 2,100).
Just when Ms. Wu was about to abandon medical treatment due to astronomical cost, the good Samaritans learned about her story and helped her create online pages of collective funding.
He thanked the people who helped her for her generosity. She said she looked forward to the day she could recover. Ms. Wu died yesterday afternoon of an unspecified disease.
His story was also reported by local and national media.
The Tongren Women’s Association shared its story on its social media account, encouraging the public to help it.
Good-hearted strangers donated 700,000 yuan (£ 76,724) to the student in the space of two days, more than enough for her surgery and nursing fees.
The Tongren Office of Civil Affairs then offered 200,000 yuan (£ 21,909) to Ms. Wu as an emergency allowance.
The authority also promised to do everything possible to ensure that Ms. Wu received adequate medical care.
Ms. Wu said she looked forward to the day she could recover.
‘I still want to write my articles and poetry. This is the life I want, ” he said.