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China Daily / 2020-01 / 15 / Page008

It's time charity industry is regulated

By ZHANG ZHOUXIANG | China Daily | Updated: 2020-01-15 00:00

Wu Huayan, a 24-year-old malnourished woman from Guizhou province, who was in the news last year when it was reported that she was just 135 centimeters tall and weighed only 21.5 kilograms, died on Monday.

Her mother died when she was just four and her father when she was 18, leaving her with a younger brother. The family was so poor that Wu saved every penny in college. Reports said her common meals were rice, salt and pepper.

Donations began pouring in after the publication of the news in October 2019. But by then it was too late. She was too malnourished to undergo a life-saving surgery for a heart condition caused by malnutrition.

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