AIDS Patient: “Return My Freedom! Return My Rights!”

ChinaGeeks translates a post from investigative journalist Wang Keqin, in which an AIDS patient tells his story of being infected with the virus during a blood transfusion and his subsequent struggle for compensation:

At 9 AM on the morning of November 11th, 2009, I was at a hospital with two female patients who also contracted HIV from blood transfusions presenting a petition asking for justice. At 11, I was called away by someone from the local health department, and a government official came and took me away. The two women (Zhao and Cao) were taken away by the police. I was taken to a Beijing guesthouse.

On the 22nd, I was taken back to my home from Beijing by someone from the local government, ostensibly for the purposes of negotiating a settlement.

From the 23rd to the 26th, I met with people from the bureau of health, the county head for the health bureau, an associate dean from the hospital where I was infected, but we still weren’t able to reach an agreement about treatment and compensation.

On the 26th, on a pedicab on my way to the station to return to Beijing, I was suddenly joined by two strangers, who took me to a red Changhe car with the license plate “豫QDA518″ [豫 indicates it is a Henan plate], saying we’d first go to the Madian City Train Station and then go to Beijing together.

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