Update, Friday, 10:29 a.m.
Doctors say Yue Yue has now died. Read the full report here.
Update, Tuesday, 2:16 p.m.
Horrific footage captured on CCTV in Foshan, Guangdong province Thursday afternoon and now making the rounds on the Chinese version of Twitter, Weibo, shows a two-year-old toddler being run over by a van as she walks across the street.
In the minutes that follow, dozens of passersby walk around the bleeding girl, not stopping to look at or help her. A cyclist takes a wide berth around the body to avoid the body. One woman, holding her daughter’s hand, looks at the toddler and walks past as quickly as she can. And a second truck, apparently not realizing there is a body on the road, rolls over her, too. Not a single person stops to help the child until a trash collector who sees her moves her out of the road.
Shanghaiist, among the first English-language sites to report on the video, wrote Sunday: “Seven minutes, 18 passersby, and not one person decided to lift a finger. The only Good Samaritan, as it turned out, was a trash collector. Somewhere in here is a parable of life.”
Social media news site Storyful writes that the video has “shocked the nation and the world — prompting difficult questions about human nature, morality, and the law.”
Watch the video below: (WARNING: Graphic content inside.)
The toddler has now been identified as two-year-old Yueyue, who is currently in intensive care at the General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Command.
While several local media reports said Monday that Yueyue had died from “severe brain injuries,” doctors insist she is still fighting for her life.
Chinese newspapers are now publishing photographs of those who chose to walk past the girl without helping in order to pressure them to come forward. (See left.)
The driver of at least one of the vehicles has been found and detained by police.
On Twitter, some called Monday for a “Little Yue Yue law” to require passersby to help the injured.
In January, the paper China Daily has pointed out the need for better protection for Good Samaritans in the country. Liu Shinan, an editor at the paper, argued that many in China don’t help because they worry that they will be blamed for the injuries.
Shinan names a 2006 case in which a man who helped an elderly woman to the hospital was brought to court by her family. He later paid a large share of her medical bills.