Woman cuts own belly in self-performed surgery

Wu Yuanbi, a 53-year-old migrant worker living in Chongqing municipality, finally cut her own belly with a kitchen knife to relieve herself of fluid congestion, unable to pay medical bills.

Desperate to relieve the pressure in her stomach, Wu slit herself open with a kitchen knife on May 8. When she performed the surgery, her husband, Cao Yunhui, had already left for work, and she had to endure intense pain for hours alone on her bed.

Cao Yunhui, the husband, said the family had turned on occasion to the local government for medical assistance. But the government only paid for certain procedures and a surgery to remedy a stomach ailment like what Wu suffered from was not one of them.


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