Wednesday, 17. September 2014
24. 07. 14. - 16:00
A Chinese couple who kept their 26-year-old daughter chained up for 20 years of her life say they are now worried about who will look after her in the future.
The tragic story of Zhang Yanrong, from Zhaikou village in Luonan county in west China's Shaanxi, started when she was six and fell out of a tree while playing with friends.
Her father Yong Hao, 60, said: "We bandaged her head and put her to bed but when she woke up the next day she was unable to speak, and when it didn't get better even after the wound had apparently healed, we took her to the doctors who diagnosed brain damage and said she needed therapy to overcome it.
"But we couldn't afford the therapy, so we took her home and tried to look after her as best we could. Although in some ways she behaved normally, she still couldn't speak and in addition if we left her at home alone, when we came back we always found that she had wandered off. We were really worried that one day we wouldn't be able to find her, and not having any other alternative, started to chain her up to a tree in the garden when we were not there to look after her."
But the couple have now appeared in the media after appealing to local officials for assistance in looking after their daughter after both of them reached the age of 60, and said they were finding it increasingly difficult to care for her.
Yong Hao added: "It takes both of us to get all the jobs done as well as the work in the fields and also to look after our daughter. If one of us were to die it would be an impossible task. We want to make plans now. She isn't violent and has a calm temperament, but if we don't keep an eye on her and do not have her chained up she still walks off. She can only be free when we are home to keep an eye on her."
Pat On The Back From Manure Explosive
A traffic cop in Austria got more than he bargained for after a booby trap covered him head-to-toe in manure as he was trying to catch people speeding.
Viennese Jihad Girl May Have Been Killed
Austrian police say that one of the two attractive young teenage girls who fled the country to go to Syria to fight on the side of Islamic rebels may have been killed.
Perversion of a Medical Dream
The Decline and Fall of the Otto Wagner Hospital, Vienna.
Fat Can Be Used To Burn Off Weight After New Patent Unveiled
It is being hailed as a sensation after scientists at an Austrian university patented a method that transforms fat storing cells into mini factories capable of actually destroying fat by burning it off.
Three Family Members Dead In Well Tragedy
A mother has lost her husband, her pregnant daughter and her son-in-law after a tragic accident where one of them fell into a well and the other two died while trying to carry out a failed rescue.
Brit Soldier Rescued After Climbing Mountain In T Shirt
A British soldier who tackled the frozen Austrian Alps wearing just shorts and a T-shirt has been rapped by officials after he had to be rescued from the snowy peak.
Mum And Daughter Struck By Lightning In Pool
A mother and her daughter were hospitalised after they were struck by lightning – in a swimming pool.
Police Nab Porn Star Who Filmed In Local Church
A woman accused of making a porn movie in a local church has been caught after an informant tipped off police that he recognised her by her breasts after an appeal for information.
Young Hip Hop Dancer Gets 18 Years For Drug Smuggling
A blonde hip hop dancer and charity worker promised an international career after she was spotted by a talent scout has been jailed for 18 years in Indonesia after her work offer turned out to have been part of an elaborate drugs con.
Teen Dying Of Cancer Killed At Charity Event After Ride In Porsche Goes Wrong
The family of a sick boy who was offered a trip in a high-performance Porsche because he was dying of cancer is suing the charity after the Porsche he was travelling in crashed head-on into oncoming traffic.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Boy Five Had Eyes Gouged Out by Satanists|
|Freaked-out Mushroom Pickers Discover Bag-loads of Amputated Limbs in the Woods|
|Sex Pest Simulator Developed For Japanese Gropers|
|Argentinian Cops Fake Car Accident|
|Pair Caught in Early Morning Underground Sex Video|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.