Date
23 August 2017
The five-year-old boy called for help after noticing white smoke coming out of his grandmother's bedroom at Shek Kip Mei Estate in Sham Shui Po. Photos: Google Maps, Metro Daily
The five-year-old boy called for help after noticing white smoke coming out of his grandmother's bedroom at Shek Kip Mei Estate in Sham Shui Po. Photos: Google Maps, Metro Daily

Boy, 5, saves grandmother from charcoal-burning suicide try

A 57-year-old woman was prevented from killing herself after her alert grandson called for help.

The incident took place inside a flat at Shek Kip Mei Estate in Sham Shui Po at around 9 a.m. on Sunday, when the five-year-old boy saw white smoke coming out of his grandmother’s bedroom with the smell of burning charcoal, news website hk01.com reports.

Sensing something was wrong, the boy called his father, surnamed Ip, who then called up a neighbor from his workplace and asked for help as he suspected she might have tried to commit suicide.

After receiving a call from the neighbor, police officers and paramedics rushed to the scene and found the woman lying unconscious on the floor with burning charcoal beside her but no suicide note.

They sent her to Caritas Medical Center, where she returned to stable condition after treatment.

The boy was highly praised by his father for being quick-witted to save his grandmother.

Investigation led police to list the case as attempted suicide and suspected child abuse. No one was arrested.

The neighbor said she had heard the woman quarreling with her husband over living expenses recently.

A senior social worker told Apple Daily she is worried the incident could affect the grandson as he grows up.

EJ Insight supports efforts to help people deal with depression and related issues. Here is the 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline of The Samaritans: +852 2896 0000 (or email [email protected]).

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