Yue Yue, the two-year-old toddler who was hit by two vans and ignored on a street in China, has died according to reports Friday.
Wang Yue, who is now know by her nickname Little Yue Yue, died of brain and organ failure shortly past midnight after a week-long battle for life, according to the Guangzhou Military District General Hospital. The toddler and her family received a worldwide outpouring of rage and sorrow following news of the hit and run.
While Yue Yue was in critical condition, the toddler's mother blogged about Yue Yue's improving condition, while hospital officials reported that she was clinically brain dead and would remain in a vegetative state if she survived.
The incident made global headlines and set off desperate soul-searching in China, as a surveillance video was released showing scenes of two trucks running over Yue Yue and 18 passersbys ignoring the bleeding toddler as she lay in the middle of a market street in China.
In the video clip showing Yue Yue lying in the street and bleeding, some people who passed by were shown completely ignoring the toddler, while others paused to look but passed by without helping. A second truck hit her, and at least seven minutes passed before a woman finally stopped to help Yue Yue. The 58-year old street cleaner Chen Xianmei lifted the toddler's body and alerted Yue Yue's mother who was nearby.
The incident is spurring a widespread criticism of China's single-minded pursuit of economic growth that ruined its morality.
They didn't ignore the girl, they just didn't dare help her, said one Chinese netizen.
If one were to encounter a Nanjing judge, one would be screwed, said another.
Nanjing judge refers to a notorious precedent in China that dates back to 2006, when a young man, Peng Yu, volunteered to help an elderly woman who had fallen down on a street in Nanjing. After bringing her to the hospital, the woman rewarded her Good Samaritan with a turnaround - she accused him for knocking her down. The case was ruled out by a Nanjing judge according to common sense, which, apparently not universal, suggested that Yu helped her only because he was guilty. Yu was eventually ordered to pay the woman's medical expenses.
This incident led to the further discouragement from being a Good Samaritan in the fast-growing economic giant.
According to an an online survey conducted by Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television, fewer than seven percent of 20,000 respondents said they would stop while driving to offer help to someone, according to the Guardian, while more than 45 percent said they would turn a blind eye and 43 percent said they would help only if there was a camera.