Chan Fuk-hing, the 76-year-old newspaper vendor who has been affectionately called by neighbors “The Sleeping Granny”, said she might now consider retirement.
That’s because she has been taken to hospital again after she hurt herself and developed a fever following a fall earlier this week, Apple Daily reports.
For over half a century, Chan has been selling newspapers and magazines at her stall at No. 32 Shan Tung Street in Mong Kok, which she also calls her home as she stays there every hour of every day.
She has been victimized several times by unidentified men who took her earnings while she was dozing off in her stall – thus her sobriquet “Sleeping Granny”.
But despite those harsh experiences, she had always insisted on pursuing her trade. She knew of nothing else to do.
Late Monday night Chan suffered a fall and injured her left hand.
Seeing her in pain with her hand wrapped in a cloth on Tuesday, a neighbor who owns an herbal tea store nearby, along with several passersby, tried their best to convince her to seek medical attention.
They called the Social Welfare Department, which sent social workers to take her to Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The doctors found her to have a severe sprain and bone fracture on her left arm.
She has been recuperating at the orthopedics and traumatology ward of the hospital since then.
During her leave, neighbors went to her stall to tidy up the place.
They found two plastic buckets of coins worth several thousand dollars and decided to deposit the money in Chan’s bank account.
Chan has fallen victim to robbers a few times.
On July 2, two men grabbed her day’s earnings, around HK$10,000, while she was dozing off.
She woke up and tried to fight off the thieves, but since she was no match to the two men, she lost her balance and was dragged to the ground. She sustained injuries to the head.
Last September unidentified men stole her plastic bucket containing HK$35,000 in cash and fled without a trace.
Chan was originally from the mainland. She was just a baby when her mother decided to migrate to Hong Kong with her. Eventually, her mother took to selling newspapers in the streets.
When her mother died of liver cancer at the age of 62, Chan took over the business and continued running it despite her old age.
Translation by Chloe Chow
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