The life of this two-year old boy was saved by his 12-year
old sister. Their
parents work in a city, and the pair are under the care
of their aging grandpa. At 8am this Saturday morning, when
the toddler followed his sister to dispose garbage, the house
collapsed in the quake and the girl used her own body to
shield the brother. The sister is seriously injured, but
the little boy suffers just minor cuts.
At the moment when the house fell down, 37-year old Yang
Shuangmei used her own body to shield her eight-year old
son. The body was unhurt, but the mother perished.
This elderly man was injured in the quake and his son carried
him in his arms for over an hour while waiting for medical
attention outside a makeshift operating room since there
was no seat around. When asked if he was exhausted, he answered "it's
This young man was in toilet and buried under a concrete
slab when quake stroke. While his mother rushed to pull him
out, strong aftershocks further damaged the building and
a bed from an unit in upstairs fell to the ground through
holes. The son urged the mother to leave the building, but
the mother kept working on lifting
the concrete slab that weights heavier than her. And
she succeeded. When asked how she managed to do that, she
replied "I really have no idea."
A woman was injured in the quake and waited for medical
treatment on a square in the high noon sun, so her husband
held a pile of cardboards for hours to produce shade for
A heavily pregnant woman was rescued from a collapsed three-storey
A healthy baby was born hours after the quake in a bike
shed at Yaan People's Hospital and is named Kong Zhensheng,
meaning born in quake.
Following The Dream (随梦而梦)
is the nickname of a weibo user from the quake centre Yaan,
and shortly after the quake he met a little girl with an
injury in her head and a big smile on her face. "I'm
fine, uncle [that's the way Chinese kids address young male
whether they are related or total strangers], I won't cry,
I'm strong ("叔叔，我没事，我不哭。我很坚强的。"),"
she told Following The Dream when inquired.
"Because of this little sister [the common way to address
little girls in China), I feel the quake is not that fearful," he
said in his weibo post (因为有这个小妹妹,
Despite Chinese government from the State Council to the
local level are more or less dominated by incapable, corrupted
or even treacherous officials, China still has a group of
"uncles" in military uniform whom Chinese people
can rely on when in disaster or facing war, that is the People's
Liberation Army. Like five years ago (by then they were
savagely attacked by premier Wen
Jiabao after his failed attempt to grab the control over
military force), and like in any urgent situations before
and after that, they are, once again, the first and the most
efficient rescuers arriving in the scene - sometimes with
The rapid growth of car ownership in China not only depletes
China's already scarce recourses, pollutes China's already
contaminated atmosphere, clogs up China's already congested
roads, but hinders China's rescue effort and kills the rescuers.
Four hours after the quake, a military vehicle with 17 PLA
soldiers headed towards the disaster area fell from a mountain
road to a river below, as the driver tried to dodge a private
car that cut into its lane.
As the result, two soldiers died, and four are in a critical
While a sizeable chunk of China's officials, intellectuals and entrepreneurs are
morally bankrupt, the same cannot be said about the majority
of people at China's grassroots level. Almost immediately
after the quake, the ordinary residents in Yaan lined up
to donate their blood for the injured.
Some Yaan students stood hours in the scorching sun urging
the car drivers to leave the "life line" to rescue
A waste recycle worker from Jiangsu Province donated 400
RMB from his meager saving to help the victims. When asked
where he came from, he replied: China.