Chain Man needs handout
By Kathryn Quinn
Astonished medics are trying to save the hands of tormented Zhang Chuanqiu who was chained so tightly in an illegal prison that his flesh grew over his shackles.
Zhang, 27, had been chained to a cowshed in Hunan, southern China, in 2005 after falling out with village officials over a loan to build his house.
But his chains had been so agonisingly tight that Zhang's own flesh began to absorb them.
"The only person who did not give up on me was my mother who waited for her time and rescued me," he explained.
The mother and son had to escape far away otherwise they would have been caught by his captors. They found refuge with a poor family who offered them a roof over their head.
Chen Zuheng, the villager who took them in said: “Zhang and his mother appeared at our door to beg for food. I looked at Zhang’s hands. There was puss coming out of the wounds and there was chains in his wrists. It was a terrible sight.
Now Zhang is trying to raise the 1,000 GBP surgeons have told him he needs for an operation to remove the chains and save his hands from further infection.
"They cause me a lot of pain. They are always inflamed and ooze pus all the time. But we have no money so I have to rely on charity or the good heart of a hospital or doctor to save my hands," he said.
* Journalism Without Borders staff in our office in China have been in touch with those organising the care for Zhang and are now in a position to make sure the money goes over for the operation and after care as soon as it has been raised.