A railway worker is being hailed a hero for saving an elderly woman’s life, losing a leg in the process.
29-year-old Xu Qiankai was shunting carriages at Rongchang railway station when he saw an old woman crossing the tracks. He slammed on the brakes, but could see the train would take time to stop, so he shouted to her to get to safety, but she didn’t respond.
The 68-year-old woman was thrown to safety, but Xu Qiankai’s right leg was hit by the train, and had to be amputated later.
The whole incident was over in just ten seconds.
The woman suffered only minor skin injuries. She and her family reportedly visited the hero railway worker in hospital, kneeling in front of him as he lay in bed to express her gratitude.
A colleague told reporters that Xu chose the old woman’s safety over his own. They said they weren’t surprised by his brave behavior as he was always humble and helpful.
The head of the depot said all of Xu Qiankai’s medical expenses were being borne by the railway station, and that they would apply for a subsidy to reward him.
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— The Daily Mail - People's Daily