Some children may be coddled by their parents, but this 12-year-old girl acted courageously to save her father from being besieged by rampaging gangsters.
The heroine, Li Dian living in Changsha City in central China’s Hunan Province, pounced on an inebriated man and forced him to fling down his knife as he was poised to attack her father last Saturday night.
In an interview with Changsha Evening News, the smiling girl, calm and unhurried, said: “I thought nothing. I just wanted to protect my father."
At midnight, a burst of quarreling pierced the tranquility and awakened Li’s father. As a community service worker, he felt duty-bound and rushed downstairs to see what was happening. Two gangs of drunks were squabbling, but as he tried to mediate a man abruptly pushed him down and moved to attack him with a knife in hand.
Seeing the situation worsening, Li Dian made a beeline for the scuffle and knocked the drunkard off her father. In the commotion, the knife sliced her arm. Li later underwent a four-hour operation.
The operating surgeon said the cut on Li’s left arm was 12 cm long and 8 cm deep.
Kang Li, Li Dian’s mother, still felt scared as she described what had happened on that night.
“I hugged my daughter and she was bleeding, which made my white T-shirt bloody instantly. I am still a little afraid now,” Kang said to Changsha Evening News.