Good Samaritan Rescues Girl Who Turns Out To Be His Daughter

Emergency rescue workers try to lift an overturned truck carrying sand off a little girl crushed underneath.


From NetEase:

Zhejiang Yiwu Man Rescues Person on the Street, Discovers Victim is His Daughter

At around 7:40pm on 2014 October 22, on a section of Huangzhaicun Road in front of Yinhai Road in Yiwu of Zhejiang province, a cargo truck carrying sand rolled over, crushing a 4-year-old girl underneath. A kind-hearted person passing by rushed forward to help her, and it wasn’t until the child screamed “daddy, daddy” that he realized the child he was rescuing was actually his own daughter. This girl is currently still in the hospital receiving care, her life still in danger. Photos: IC



Emergency rescue workers try to lift an overturned truck carrying sand off a little girl crushed underneath.

Comments from NetEase:

木木島 [网易天津市手机网友]:

This is what you call good things happening to good people.

雨涵企鹅1041551242 [网易陕西省西安市网友]:

My god… talk about a real example of good things happening to good people. Actually, a lot of who help others are actually doing so in the hopes that others will help them when they encounter trouble in the future. The odds may be small, but when someone gives you a hand when you’re in trouble, you’ll think it has all been worth it. This time, it really is worth it… Child, stay strong! May you have a quick recovery!

张张张婵娟 [网易浙江省温州市手机网友]:

May she be safe and sound.

sennin2012 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

A lot of times, when we simply lift our finger [take action], we’re not only helping others but also ourselves.

网易江苏省盐城市手机网友 ip:218.92.*.*

No matter what, this father should be given recognition! If I were to encounter this kind of situation, I too would do my best to help!

网易广东省佛山市手机网友 ip:121.9.*.*

Good things happen to good people~

网易北京市网友 ip:111.193.*.*

Stay strong, child, you’re going to be okay!
A lot of people are praying for you, rooting for you!

不明真相8 [网易天津市网友]:

How did the accident happen? Who is responsible? Who is the victim? The report doesn’t say anything.

莫桑比克XPDU [网易广东省揭阳市手机网友]:

Good things come to good people.

卖花的小伙 [网易浙江省温州市手机网友]:

Lucky girl.

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Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

  • crxrunn

    I can’t imagine what was going through his head when he found out it was his daughter… who’s only 4. I hope she makes it through so this experience doesn’t end traumatically.

  • bossel

    “Good things happen to good people”?
    It seems I have a slightly different world view…

    How can it be a good thing to see your daughter in such an accident? Perhaps lucky under the circumstances (that she survived), but a “good thing”?

    • tinge

      The problem is in the translation, and that it does not capture the full idiomatic meaning behind 好人好报。

      We (or a native speaker) could add something to this phrase to make it a little clearer: 我祝愿好人好报。This might get translated as “I wish good things to happen to good people”. But it still doesn’t necessarily capture the spirit in which it was intended.

      If you’ll trust me, I’d like to assure you it does not refer to the girl being crushed, nor even the somewhat fortunate coincidence of the father happening across and trying to help her. It is an emotional recognition that these people (the father and daughter) are fundamentally good people (in this case, through innocence and a selfless willingness to help out), and a heartfelt wish that only good things should come to them in the future.

      It’s a good phrase to use in Chinese for this type of situation, with a unfortunate and sloppy translation.

      • Kai

        I’m not sure this was a “sloppy translation”, or that it doesn’t capture the spirit in which it was intended.

        The idiom has to be understood in the proper perspective.

        It clearly doesn’t mean the girl or the father is a good person, and that the truck crushing her or his daughter is the reward for them being a good person.

        The implication is that the father is “rewarded” for his selflessness to help what he thought was a stranger by the stranger turning out to be his daughter, someone who is naturally important to him. He did something he didn’t have to do and was rewarded by being the one who benefitted the most (in this case, apart from the girl) from doing so.

        Yes, it may seem counterintuitive that they suffered injury in the first place, but this was confirmed with multiple Chinese people who are native Chinese speakers.

        • bossel

          I asked a Chinese friend as well. She said it could be what tinge explained, but most probably the people who used the idiom are not that well educated, so they got it slightly wrong.

          Perspective is always a problem with idioms, anyway. It also might depend on where people are from. In different regions the meaning or usage of idioms may vary.

          • Kai

            I don’t think it’s an issue of education. Look on the NetEase comments. It was used by a LOT of people. While a LOT of people, including Fauna and all the Chinese native speakers we confirmed this with can still be wrong about something, it does usually reduce the chances. What more, there are multiple Chinese commenters on NetEase explaining precisely what they meant with the use of the idiom, so we already know what their intention was and how they’re both interpreting and using the idiom.

            With perspective is also context. The way it was used here, people are describing the father being rewarded for caring to do something. They are not, as tinge argues, merely wishing for the father to be rewarded for his act. They are describing that he was already rewarded.

            Now, to be extra clear, Chinese also use 好人有好报 in the way tinge argued. It’s not either or; it’s just that the usage can mean and refer to different things depending on context and perspective. You can use it to encourage someone to do good, but it can also be used to describe an unexpected coincidence like this.

          • tinge

            I appreciate the additional input on this. It’s certainly possible what I had previously understood was tainted by those who didn’t fully understand it themselves or weren’t able to communicate to me a more precise meaning.

            As far as sloppy versus understanding perspective, my intent was just to summarize a deficiency in giving the English as ‘good things happen to good people’. This is evidenced by the number of English comments here saying they would not use this phrase in this situation. Saying they lack proper perspective points out this deficiency equally well; sloppy might be seen as an unnecessarily broad term, but in that case we’re just splitting hairs. If I may try to restate it more generically: By itself, the translation does not carry the necessary information to be understood immediately and clearly.

            I’ll check with my favorite native speaker source later today and present the question with the context of the NetEase comments you’ve highlighted. I believe it will refine my understanding because, honestly, I prefer your explanation, as it is simpler and seemingly more consistent with the context and language used.

          • Kai

            Yeah, I think English “good things happen to good people” comes with some cultural baggage/expectations that exacerbates the counterintuitiveness of its use in Chinese…hence why I think maybe Fauna shoud’ve added a note, though, to be fair, I’m not sure she could’ve been reasonably expected to anticipate it herself. A lot of explanatory translator notes in her posts are actually those suggested by me when she asks me for advice on certain things.

            Also yeah, have them look at the story and the comments and then ask them what the 好人好报 comments mean. See how they explain it, ideally without any input from you first. That’s what we did, and even after then explaining how it seems to conflict with the idea that the girl/daughter was hurt in the first place, we often got puzzled looks wondering what was so hard for us to understand. One person even called me a stupid cunt (jokingly), impatiently explaining how the accident and her father’s response are separate things, reiterating that the girl would’ve been worse off if her father didn’t act, and how the idiom refers to the latter part. I think it was because they expected me to know better and thought I was intentionally being obtuse while I was just trying to be extra sure they were confirming what I thought. Similar sentiments and explanations were in the arguments in the Chinese comments too.

    • Rick in China

      How about terrible things happen to neglectful parents? How can this ‘father’ possibly be praised, when he had allowed his 4 year old daughter to wander around alone — having no idea whatsoever where she was or what she was doing — and be praised as some sort of hero, it’s all beyond me. The whole story seems like a bunch of nonsense.

      • It’s not nonsense. It’s directed propaganda to teach people to do good deeds because the possibility exists that the victim could be your own family. Just maybe.

        The report doesn’t mention why a four year-old girl is out at 7pm without a supervising guardian, but then it doesn’t mention any corroborating evidence, like names.

        Information in China isn’t made to inform you of anything. It’s there to teach you how to conform, and which products to buy.

        I call shenanigans.

    • Insomnicide

      He was a good person because he tried to help someone caught in an accident. And good things happened to him in the form of him being able to save his own daughter’s life.

      If he ignored it and kept walking, his own daughter could have died on the spot.

  • Dax

    What was a 4 year old girl doing by herself in the road?

  • Amused

    Can anyone say “contrived”?

    Still nice when there’s no fatalities in any accident.
    But the story holds zero water

    • Poodle Tooth

      When your country has 1/5th of the world’s population, it’s probably going to have about 1/5th of the world’s crazy stories.

      • Amused

        And when your country’s media has 1/5th the average level of intelligence, it will come up with crazy stories that aren’t plausible.

        • Ken Morgan

          You should see the shit that appears in the daily mail. They often post verbatim stories off here as if they are fact. Ones that come to mind are the ‘guy suicides GF continues shopping’ Also the man sues wife for ugly children.

          The DM crowd lap it up.

          • You just compared the Daily Mail to Netease, a source used by this site.

            I wonder which news site is more pleased with the comparison.

        • Insomnicide


          A lot of things that aren’t plausible happen. I know censorship is quite a big deal in China but this news story comes from NetEase, which is nothing like People’s Daily…or any other party mouthpiece for that matter.

    • David

      Well, it says she is in dangerous condition. Perhaps this is just because f all the news stories I have seen but when people are in bad condition, they do not seem to get better in Chinese hospitals. Does anybody know the follow up of this story? Is she still alive?

  • Donald Med

    The angle about not knowing it was his daughter is complete horseshite.

    • Rick in China

      Sorry what’s that… are you seriously implying that heroic news in China could possibly be bullshit to thwart the public from the normality of selfish thieving cunts that pervades the country so profusely?

      Why is Rick in China so negative, oh so oh why, well: because my and my wife’s shit was stolen last night, while our baby slept soundly beside us, in this great land – while a “cat burglar” snapped up many laptops and devices amongst cash (air, pro, mini, and 5s’ from our place at least) in a compound that the police state is “one of the safest with the least reports” in the area.. his dirty as shit footprints tell the entire story from entry to exit and there’s not a whole lot that can be done: because whilst we have “24 hour security”, people can climb like motherfuckers and even an area laden with security cameras can be cased.

      • That [email protected]$
        When reading your post, my mind drifted back to my first visit to China and someone explaining that bars are on the windows not 1 or 2 floors, but significantly higher in order to prevent the burglaries you described)
        Getting up is one thing, but then climbing back down with a full bag of “stuff” – it must pay well to take such risks

        • darkeegan

          getting out is easy. You can unlock the door from the inside

          • Rick in China

            They seem to tend to want to make zero noise. This guy could have easily left via front door – but since he took my work bag (with my fucking passport in it) to carry the gear, he easily hoofed out the same window he came in and down the pipe or even just hung/dropped off onto the garden below.

      • Surfeit

        Ah shite man. Is it the first time you’ve been burgled? First time is the worst! Condolences regardless.

        • Rick in China

          First time was many years ago in a 4th floor apartment – someone crawled in from the outside, no balcony, but one of those cagey things people sometimes put potted plants on. He got a 17″ MBP (27k rmb when I bought it), but no robbin’ since then. That time I was a little pissed, but now it’s more serious since I’ve a family – tough to stomach with a baby in the house, some really bad shit could have happened. The police also said, and this is part of the Chinese law they expressed serious disagreement with, that even if thieves break in and you catch them – if they get hurt or anything while stealing (like if you punch one in the nose and break it) you end up having to pay them cash. How fucked is that. New career: thieve, get caught/beaten intentionally, sue, move on.

          • Paul Schoe

            That is a very serious warning, about that liability. Because until now, I would love to get my hand on one of those crawlers. Thanks for the heads-up and sorry to hear about your loss, that is quite a lot.

          • Surfeit

            I hear ya. Best to reflect with a disposition for philosophical pro-sentiment; It’s good that nothing happened to your family. Material goods are replaceable.

          • Surfeit

            Or should that be ‘pro-sentiment philosophy’?

            Thinking hurts, maaan.

          • David

            Best to throw him out the window and say he slipped while trying to climb your building..

      • firebert5

        That’s happened twice to me. And my neighbor is a police officer. Also 4th floor.

      • lonetrey / Dan

        I’m sorry to hear that happen to you! :(

        Please stay safe!

      • Emma

        Shitty things happen to shitty people.

      • Teacher in China

        Shitty deal dude, I’m sorry to hear that! Any chance they caught any video of him and can track him down?

      • jax

        Warning: Those “cagey things” are invitations to burglary. If they are too wide, as they usually are since they do double duty as outdoor storage, or can easily be unscrewed, they are worthless. The closer they look like jail bars the better.

        Second, and much more importantly with a baby in the house: These things can be, and have many times been, a death trap in case of fire. They should have an escape latch, usually with a lock. In that case make sure the key is available (but not to the burglar obviously) and visible, test that the whole mechanism is working regularly (if a lock, wrap it in easily removed plastic, you don’t want it to rust), and that everyone knows how to use it, except the burglar and your baby.

        If not, you might as well remove them (unless you use them for your vegetables). They give a false sense of security, won’t stop any burglar, and at least you get an unfettered view of the blue unpolluted sky.

  • Don’t Believe the Hype

    Sounds like shitty things happy to good people actually

    • mr.wiener


  • Surfeit

    Few of these fairy tales knocking around recently init.

  • yurah

    Man that’s crazy, imagine if that happened to you.

  • nqk123

    sound like a propaganda piece to get people to help others

  • hsu

    He forgot to realize he may get sued for his actions

  • not sure what to feel

  • biggj

    I smell a made for TV movie coming out of this.

    • SongYii

      lifetime: television for idiots

  • TheInconvenientRuth

    …the deep, dark, cynical side of me says that the truck rolled over becasue it suddenly swerved to avoid an unattended 4-year old wandering into the road in the dark…

    • Surfeit

      A believable scenario!

    • Ryo Saeba

      Perhaps if they didn’t always overload the trucks, it wouldn’t of rolled over in the first place.

  • Rose

    Looks like she was stuck under the trailer pretty far- all the way up to her chest. She must have a lot of internal bleeding. I hope she makes it. You can see the dirt and mud on her from being buried under all of that. And what is the pillow thing for in the first picture? Also, it says that the Dad was the Good Samaritan, but there’s also a woman there in an apron who was holding on to the little girl after getting her head injuries treated and while the fireman was cutting her out. Is that just a random woman or her mom?

  • Karze

    Noble gesture rewards.

  • Taojessy

    Where was the Child’s mother? Why didn’t the father know his daughter was around? Where are the inattentive parents in all of this??

  • Z0D

    Yes,yes,yes, it is impossible that China’s society could have coincidences or luck things,everything is fake,every news is propaganda,everyone are evil and living in hell and wait for western freedom crusaders to save them(or demonize them), why are you people still sitting in front your computers and watch these fake news? Go destroy them! Move your fatass to destroy this evilness!

  • Waaaait… you mean you have an opinion too?

    Does everyone else know this too?