CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

HIV victim's family fights for burns aid

09-21-2011 13:23 BJT

GUANGZHOU - A team of top medics on Tuesday visited a badly hurt woman who was refused treatment by several hospitals because she is HIV positive.

Wang Biwen, who is HIV positive, lies in a bed at Yingde People’s Hospital in Guangdong
province on Sept 13. The woman, who suffered severe burns to 85 percent of her body, was
refused treatment at several hospitals. LIN GUIYAN / FOR CHINA DAILY

Despite suffering severe burns to 85 percent of her body, Wang Biwen is receiving only basic care after being rejected by specialist units due to her condition.

Following a strong public reaction to the news, a group of senior experts in the fields of burns care and HIV were dispatched to Yingde People's Hospital in Guangdong province.

"Wang will continue to be treated in Yingde after experts have seen her and had discussions with her family," said Liao Xinbo, deputy director of the provincial health bureau, who led the team.

However, Pang Kun, a lawyer at Guangdong Dena Law Firm who is acting on behalf of Wang's family, said the visit has not helped his client and claimed it was organized simply to placate public anger.

"Wang's treatment has not improved, even a little, since Liao's visit," he said.

Deng Zerun, the injured woman's husband, had asked to send his wife to a hospital with better medical facilities. However, using his micro blog, Pang quoted one of the experts as saying:"We cannot risk infecting others with HIV in order to help one patient."

The lawyer, who drove more than 300 kilometers from Shenzhen to the northern city of Yingde on Monday, said he will do what he can to help the couple and raise awareness of their plight.

He urged authorities to improve the country's medical system and pay special attention to the growing number of HIV and AIDS sufferers.

The expert team was sent after Deng sought help from the public through his micro blog, prompting concern among many netizens.

"What can I do to rescue my dear wife?" he wrote, adding that she had been refused by several hospitals over the last four months.

Wang received her burns in a fire caused by an agricultural accident on May 20, according to media reports. She was first sent to Yingde People's Hospital but had to leave because it does not have a burns unit.

Deng said he then took her to Yuebei People's Hospital in the nearby city of Shaoguan. Medics there refused to offer her treatment when she tested HIV positive in a blood test, claiming their technology and equipment were limited. Wang was discharged after just one night.

Many other hospitals also refused to accept Wang after blood screening, Deng said.

With help from Yingde's health bureau, she was admitted to Yingde People's Hospital on Sept 2.

Deng, who has hepatitis B, met Wang through the Internet in 2009 and said he knew she was HIV positive before the couple wed a year later. She said she was infected with the virus by her ex-husband.

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: China Daily

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program