Victim of the Maternity Center Bloodshed Struggles in Pain

Ms. Wang in her hospital bed. (Photo by Rachel Liu via World Journal)

After an employee of a maternity services center in Flushing went on a stabbing spree a week ago and injured three babies and two adults, the World Journal talked to a victim who was a colleague of the suspect. Here is a condensed version of the story.

“I do not want to recollect that memory. But I don’t know what else I can do,” said Ms. Wang on Sept. 28, lying in her hospital bed. With gauze bandages wrapped all over her body, the 63-year-old maternity center employee who was stabbed eight times looked pale and weak.

Wang said she only came from her home province of Sichuan a few years ago with the help of her husband who had been living in the U.S. for many years. A confident and independent person who likes children, Wang decided to take the job at the maternity center to contribute to her family. She worked there as a carer, alternating between the day shift and night shift, and she never complained about the difficulty of the job.

Wang enjoys a good reputation among her clients. Many Chinese mothers who stayed in the maternity center still remember the “kind auntie Wang.” After the incident happened, many former clients, including those who had gone back to China, expressed their sympathy to her. Some even formed an ad hoc chat group on WeChat to find resources in the Chinese community to help Wang.

Wang said she still hasn’t told her children who are in China about the nightmare. “They have their own work and families. I don’t want them to worry about me,” she said. Her husband, a quiet man who is in very poor health, accompanies her in the hospital. A fabric curtain divides Wang’s bed and the beds of other patients in a cramped ward. At night, Wang can only rest on her back or lean on the back of the bed. Her husband sits there for the whole night.

Wang said she is worried about the future. Although she doesn’t like the food there, Wang is grateful for the hospital’s care. But she was supposed to be discharged on Sept. 27. The hospital is trying to find her a rehabilitation center. Even if they can find one for her, she can at most stay in the center for half a month. Wang doesn’t know what to do afterward. Her shabby home is not a good environment for her recovery.

Wang’s wounds are spread all over her body, from the corner of her mouth to her arms, abdomen and thighs. The pain was excruciating without painkillers. She couldn’t walk. “Even going to the bathroom, I have to have someone support my body so I can move gingerly,” she said. Other than the physical pain, she is facing a tough time ahead without a job and income. Until she gets any compensation, Wang said she doesn’t know how to make ends meet in the near future.

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