An out-of the-box thinking of throwing money to attract people’s attention to get immediate medical aid helped a Chinese man save his life after he suffered a heart attack at a railway station. The middle-aged man, identified only by his surname Li, managed to attract the public attention including a police patrol, after he threw a wad of currency noted as he keeled over outside the main entrance to the station in Shijiazhuang in Hebei province on Saturday, the Hebei Youth Daily reported yesterday. He was rushing to get a ticket to the port city of Qinhuangdao to visit his sick mother when he suffered extreme chest pain, the report said, adding that Li had had heart stent surgery several months earlier.
Coughing up blood and unable to call for help or take his pills, Li threw a wad of banknotes on the ground to catch the attention of passers-by. “Initially, I thought he was probably drunk. It was only after I walked close to him, I realised that things were more serious,” said police officer Lin Xiangshen who went to Li’s rescue. Lin said Li had been rummaging in his backpack before he fell and was holding a bottle of pills.
He said he summoned medical staff and helped the man take the medication. Li recovered gradually and medical staff let him go after doing a check-up and ensuring that his blood pressure had returned to normal, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.