A Sichuan man who works in Guangdong has been seeking recourse for the past year-and-a-half for the results of a transplant surgery gone wrong.
Li Zicheng went to Huiyang (in Huizhou, Guangdong) to work in a factory in 2009. In April 2010, he lost his right thumb while working with heavy machinery.
Doctors at the Guangdong Huizhou Huiyang Bone Hospital decided to attach the tip of Li's toe to his hand.
But since then, things have gotten worse.
Li explained the situation (very rough translation):
"When it happened, the factory took me to the hospital. The doctor repeatedly insisted that he should carry out a transplant. He cut off my toe in order to graft it onto my hand and replace my thumb. At the time I asked the doctor whether or not I would be able to use my thumb. The doctor said there were two possible outcomes. Finally, he performed the surgery. Until now, my thumb has never completely healed, and at the same time, it's become very difficult for me to walk on my left foot, and the veins are necrotizing. So now the finger hasn't healed, I am missing a toe, my entire foot is in severe pain, and nobody at the hospital will get involved. In order to investigate, I went to many different hospitals, and asked many medical staff. The thing I don't understand is that all these hospitals and doctors say that my there's no way to preserve my thumb. I think that the bone hospital's actions toward me as a patient were irresponsible."
A villager from Li's hometown vouched for the patient: "In the past year-and-a-half, I've never once seen Li happy, every day he looks miserable. In order to find a treatment he's run all over the place and tried at many different avenues, including the government, lots of big hospitals, and even the Bureau of Health. We laborers who aren't very knowledgeable about the various laws and legal procedures, but we're all people, all in the flesh and blood, why doesn't the government help? Instead Li was actually held by the local police after he went to the hospital to discuss the situation."