A teenager died ten days after her boss forced her to do 100 squats as punishment for arriving late to work, on her first occasion!
The 15-year-old schoolgirl – nicknamed Xiao Fei – is said to have died from respiratory failure.
The teenager had quit education and borrowed an older friend’s ID so she could work to pay off her father’s medical bills, from 18 months ago.
Her employers at Qfang – a real estate company in China – reportedly refuted claims her ‘punishment’ was the cause of death.
Guangdong Television Broadcast contacted a manager, surnamed Li, who insisted the exercise was ‘not a punishment’ – although he did admit to making her complete the brutal exercise.
A lawyer said Qfang were oblivious to the fact Xiao Fei was not 16 years old.
Mr Jiang, Xiao Fei’s dad insists his daughter was punished for being late to work at the end of July and said her boss forced her to do the 100 squats in the morning.
Describing the incident, Mr Jiang said:
My daughter was not feeling well after and bought some medicine, but she cannot move her legs.
Just days after the incident it’s reported the 15-year-old was unable to lift up her hands and collapsed.
Xiao Fei started to be sick and became paralysed, so her mother took her to Hunan in southern China for medical help.
Xiao was quickly admitted to the intensive care unit of Central South University, Xiangya No 2 Hospital and died on 7 August.
It is reported Xiao’s doctor’s notes say she was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome – a rare and serious disorder that affects the nerve system, but it didn’t point out whether the syndrome was caused by the deep squatting.
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