Life, Little Things and Laughter

Do you love me? Two stories from the extremities of the human mind.

On one hand.

From Shouguang, China: A story of true love.

Wang Shubao, a Chinese man was involved in a car crash in 2006 when he was 36. The accident left him a quadriplegic (paralysis of the entire body below the neck) and in coma.

Since then, Wang’s 75-year-old mother and widow, Wei Mingying has spent every day by her son’s bedside, caring for him, spending her life savings and even ending up in debt in the process.

Mother and son at their home in Shouguang, China’s Shandong province.photo-Newsweek.

According to Newsweek, the mother’s daily routine involved bathing and feeding Wang via a stomach tube, giving him a massage and repositioning him to prevent bedsores.

Some time in October 2018, 12 years after his accident, Wang regain some conciousness and smiled at her mother. His overwhelmed mother told reporters

“I am just overjoyed. I hope he will make a full recovery. I will never give up on him. I hope he can call me ‘mum’ again one day.”

At the moment, Wang is still unable to move or speak but he is able to respond to her mother by smiling. He can also gesticulate and laugh at his favourite TV programs.

A parting shot.

Mothers are incredible people endored with an infinite capacity to care and endure. Children and society need to appreciate them more.

On the other hand.

From Phoenix Arizona USA: A story of a weird kind of love.

Police investigators are seeking DNA samples from male staff members, Hacienda HealthCare, a private care facility in Phoenix Arizona where a woman who has been in a vegetative state for 14 years after a near-drowning gave birth to a baby boy.

Hacienda HealthCare, Phoenix Arizona. (Fox)

According to the Washington Post, the pregnancy and the sexual assault that must have preceded it went unnoticed until the woman in coma began mourning and gave birth on December 29 2018, in the presence of shocked officials of the Healthcare facility.

The horrible and bizarre situation has left many who have family members in the facility devastated.

So far, no one has been arrested in connection with the incident. But security has been beefed up and a new protocol demands that all male staffers must be accompanied by female staffers if they go into a female patient’s room.

Said a former caregiver in a television interview.

“I can’t believe that somebody would bathe her daily for nine months and never know that she wasn’t having a period, that she [was] growing in her midsection, that nurses weren’t keeping track [of her weight]. Those things are shocking to me.”

Parting shot.

Medical malpractice is a common phenomenon in both private and public hospitals. Family members must keep watchful eyes on their loved ones who are spending time in hospitals and observe closely what medical staffers are doing at all times.

In the case above, it is reasonable to equally ask how family members missed noticing the changes in the physique of the vegetative woman.

Cover-ups are routine and can lead to a sudden deterioration in health, longer stay in hospital, increase in medical expenses and even death.

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