Lei Wenfeng

Photo: A young Chinese man with a buzz cut, wearing a red V-neck shirt, photographed on a pier with the ocean in the background.Name: Lei Wenfeng.
Died: December 3, 2016.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Food poisoning; neglect at a center for the homeless.
Location: Shaoguan, Guangdong province, China.

Wenfeng was born in rural Hunan province; he had two sisters. Together with his father, he moved to the city where he lived in a dormitory and worked at an electronics factory. He liked durian fruit.

One night Wenfeng left the dormitory and got lost. He was picked up by police 83 miles away, but they were unable to find his identity records even though Wenfeng was able to tell them his name and his mother’s name.

So Wenfeng was transferred from a hospital to an assistance center. Conditions there were horrible, and after a month the boy was suffering from food poisoning, unable to keep anything down and losing weight rapidly. He was hospitalized, but received poor care there as well. He died just short of his sixteenth birthday.

The center was investigated and it came to light that twenty other people had died there within forty-nine days. The care center has been shut down; its administrator was arrested. Only after he was dead did Wenfeng’s father finally find him.

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