Two-year-old Yue Yue is still fighting for her life in hospital.
Grueling footage that has sparked outrage online shows her as the victim of two successive hit-and-run incidents outside a hardware market in Foshan, Guangdong Province. It shows more than a dozen passersby ignored the injured Yue Yue as she was left barely moving in a pool of her own blood, only to be rescued 10 minutes later by a garbage scavenger Chen Xianmei.
In an emotional video posted online, you can see Yue Yue's parents kneeling with their foreheads to the ground in a gesture of extreme deference. Chen looks evidently uncomfortable at the attention and tries to get the couple to stand up.
According to local reports, Chen has been criticised in China; many have accused her of being a fame-seeker. However, Yue Yue's mother says she believes Chen was showing the goodness in human nature.
The China Daily reports Chen has been rewarded 10-thousand yuan by government officials for her good deed; that is nearly US$1,600. She has been quoted as saying, "the most important thing is to save a life. She was just a little child."
Thousands of Chinese netizens are using the hashtag – Please end the indifference (请停止冷漠) to raise awareness online. The story has been the most popular topic on Sina Weibo since Monday afternoon.
One user, @LiuYuHan_blue (刘宇涵_blue), reflected on what had caused the tragedy: "Take a look at what happened to good Samaritans before...Our citizens have become too scared to practice conscience. This is our nation's heartbreak."
Another user weighed in on how to stop the widespread hesitancy in offering a helping hand. @LiangYuanMingYue (梁苑明月) wrote: "In order to end the indifference, we must first end the fraud against good Samaritans through media reports, legal protection and social uproar!"
Netizens are also condemning the driver who told local reporters that if Yue Yue survived the accident, it would cost him significantly more money than if she did not. @ColaRing3 (可樂戒指3) wrote: "I only want to ask him this – what if she was your daughter?"
You can follow the online discussion on Sina Weibo's dedicated page to Yue Yue here, and watch the latest videos related to the story here.