Woman dies after trying to save work bonus

Feb. 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM
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SHENZHEN, China, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A Chinese woman who delayed seeing a doctor for a work injury to avoid losing a $95 bonus for good attendance died of a brain hemorrhage, local media reported.

Du Juan, 23, an assembly line worker, had suffered serious injuries when she hit her head on a bathroom door at her Belton Co. workplace in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong Province, Nanfang Daily reported.

China Daily reported the Nanfang publication said Du kept working for three more days without medical attention so she wouldn't lose the bonus for a full year's good work attendance despite suffering intense pain and losing her hearing.

"She was in a very bad state the next day and kept holding her head the following two days. Her hearing worsened and [she] couldn't hear her sister talk," said Hu Li, who had worked with Du.

Du was diagnosed with a cerebral hemorrhage and died a week later.

Du, employed since graduating from high school, had worked an average of 11 hours a day for minimum wage.

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