Sick Chinese woman goes to work wearing IV drip, video goes viraltext_fields
Shanghai: A video of a woman going to work in Shanghai, China is going viral on social media for all the wrong reasons. Taken at 10 pm, she was seen at a subway station, walking with an IV drip.
When the video was taken by a fellow passenger, she was walking down the subway with an IV drip inserted in her hand and a bottle of medicinal fluid over her head. The man who took the video and posted it on Douyin, a social media platform dedicated to short-form video content in China, said that he thought: "She was strong and life was not easy for her. My heart ached a bit for her."
The woman told South China Morning Post that she could not afford to go to the hospital in the daytime because she had just started her business and not hired any staff. She also apologised if her behaviour negatively affected the public.
"If I went to receive the IV at the hospital after 10 pm every day and finished the drip at 2 am, I wouldn't have enough rest because I need to open my studio early. So I asked doctors if I could take the IV fluids away. I told them I had studied medicine before and I could insert it myself. The doctors agreed," said Dongdong.
However, she did not encourage people to follow her behaviour because "it looked absurd" and "has many uncontrollable factors" that resulted in problems.
"Please be aware that there are too many uncontrollable factors in the infusion process, like acute allergy and the tubes falling apart. The latter could cause infection. There also might be adverse reactions, which could put your life at risk. It's dangerous to receive an IV infusion outside the hospital. I am sorry that my behaviour has negatively affected the public," she added.
The video has drawn criticisms of the hustle culture in China and many pointed out that it will be expensive to hire a taxi to travel 20 km.