Sick Chinese businessman ‘turns critical’

DUBAI — The repatriation of an ailing Chinese businessman Ling Zhiming, who was scheduled to leave for Shanghai on Friday evening, has now been delayed as his illness has taken a turn for the worse.

By Meraj Rizvi

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Published: Sun 21 Aug 2005, 10:18 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:14 PM

According to a doctor from Rashid Hospital where Zhiming is undergoing treatment since last month, "his condition had aggravated on Friday afternoon making him unfit for travel to Shanghai.”

Annie Lin Xiaoli, member of the Chinese Community Centre who was to accompany Zhiming to Shanghai on Air China flight on Friday night, however, said that the doctors have advised against his travel for a few days.

“But, may be after a day or two, if his condition improves, he will travel to Shanghai where he will be received by his family and the Shanghai government officials at the airport,” said Lin, adding that Air China has agreed to issue him tickets as soon as the doctors at Rashid Hospital give the green signal for Zhiming's travel.

Ling Zhiming, a resident of UAE for 10 years, who is currently in a semi-comatose state with his right side completely paralysed, was admitted to hospital by the Chinese Consulate-General in Dubai when found lying in a serious condition at the Consulate premises on July 28.

According to Lin, details on who brought Zhiming to the Consulate were not available. But, the Consulate-General with the assistance of the Chinese Community Centre in Dubai has picked up the tab to repatriate Zhiming back to his home in Shanghai where he has a wife and children.

Zhiming holds a Peoples Republic of China passport with UAE visa that had expired its validity a year ago. On humanitarian grounds and request from the Chinese Consulate, Rashid hospital has decided to waive all the medical expenses incurred to date on treating Zhiming. Meanwhile, the Ras Al Khaimah immigration authority has also as a special case decided to waive off all fines against him for the 12-month overstay.

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