Chapter 46: Emergent Rescue
"Keep your voices down. You can't be loud in here." A nurse arrived immediately to intervene.
"Mom, calm down."
"Shut up. This is your fault, you little witch! You caused the death of Zhixin's dad, and now you've come to take Zhixin. What could I have done to deserve such a cursed daughter? Such bad karma!" Yang Meirong was crying and throwing punches at Huo Mian.
Huo Mian herself was morose, and she had no words to offer…
Then, Yang Meirong suddenly grabbed Huo Mian's collar and yelled, "Did the Qin family do it? Huh? Is this another retaliation because you're going after their son again? Tell me, tell me now!"
"Mom, calm down. Mr. Yao said it was a multi-car pileup, not a targeted accident," Huo Mian explained.
"I don't buy it. I don't believe it. It must be you. It must be that family. It has to be them! I'll kill them!" When she finished, Yang Meirong ran towards the exit.
"Mom…" Huo Mian held her mother's hand tightly, sobbing.
Finally, her mother leaned forward and collapsed…
"Mom, stay with me." Huo Mian felt like her brain was going to explode.
Her brother was not out of danger yet, and now her mom had fainted. Huo Mian had taken two hits and was on the brink of falling apart.
After making arrangements for her mother, Huo Mian pulled herself together and walked towards the top floor of the hospital.
- At the hospital director's door -
"I want to see the director," Huo Mian said to the male assistant.
"Do you have an appointment?"
The assistant met Huo Mian last time so he knew who she was. He nodded, "Wait here for a second and I'll speak with him."
Shortly, the assistant came out, "You can go in now."
Huo Mian saw the director sitting in his chair when she walked in, presumably writing a report of some sort.
"Oh, you're here. Take a seat." The director wasn't a stranger to this uniform.
Huo Mian nodded, her eyes red. She sat down on the chair across from the director.
"You are here for something. Tell me." The director thought she came with demands because he hadn't given her a big enough bonus last time.
Unexpectedly, Huo Mian burst into tears as soon as she started talking, "Director, ple-please save my brother."
"What's going on, slow down, take your time," he said with a grave tone. Seeing her like this, Director Wu stopped what he was doing and adjusted his glasses.
"Director, my brother was in a car accident today at school and was sent to our hospital for emergency care. The lead surgeon said that he suffered severe brain damage. After the emergency surgery, he's still not out of danger, so the doctor suggested a second surgery. But because his injuries are in a crucial part of the brain, the second surgery is extremely risky. He's only nineteen and he's my only brother. I don't want to lose him. Please help me."
"I see. Don't worry. Let me make a phone call and ask."
Soon after, Director Wu dialed the Neurosurgery Department extension and spoke to the doctor there.
After a few minutes, Director Wu hung up the phone and said with a heavy tone, "Huo Mian, your brother's situation is complicated. Doctor Liu from the Neurosurgery Department told me that he has little confidence in this surgery. Besides, even if the surgery is successful, there may be side effects."
"Then what should we do? What if we don't do the second surgery? Would that be better for him?" Huo Mian was worried.
Director Wu shook his head, "Listen to me, here is the thing: If we don't do the second surgery, his life will always be in danger. If the blood clots in his brain aren't removed completely, they may lead to a massive hemorrhage in his brain at any time. This is very serious."
"Then what should we do?" Huo Mian was struck dumb. For the first time, she felt out of her wits.
"Here, go back and think about it. Also, talk to your family and consult with them. But I need to remind you that the second surgery will be very costly. It will be at least three hundred thousand yuan and the best window to do this surgery is within a week. Otherwise, the longer we wait, the greater the risks. As to the current hospitalization costs, you don't have to worry about that. I already put in prior notice, so you don't have to pay the bill right away. It can wait and be taken care of in the future. But go and talk to your family about the second surgery. That is the most important decision to make right now."
"Thank you, Director. I will go and think about it."
Then, Huo Mian stood up muddle-headed… Three hundred thousand yuan, it was a steep price. Where would she find all that money?
"Wait," the director called out suddenly.
Huo Mian turned her exhausted head…
"Huo Mian, the guest surgeon that performed the surgery for that senior official, Dr. Qin, is an old friend of yours, right?" This pivotal question had just then come to Director Wu's mind.