Chinese girl who lived on 42 cents a day dies in south-western China
Ms Wu was severely underweight when she was admitted to hospital.
Her story quickly made international headlines and sparked a public appeal in China which subsequently raised more than 1 million yuan ($210,600 for her medical treatment through a national charity, China Charities Aid Foundation for Children (CCAFC .
Tongren Civil Affairs Bureau said in a statement that Ms Wu was getting an emergency relief fund of 20,000 yuan ($4,200 from the local government.
Despite the outpouring of support from the public, Ms Wu’s health continued to deteriorate and reports said she died in a hospital in Guiyang on January 13.
Ms Wu’s sudden death prompted nationwide outrage, with questions over where the money went and whether the charity and government could have done more to save her.
The state-run newspaper People’s Daily commented on social media, “is the patient’s death an accident or is there something fishy about the charity”.
“If you’re greedy for this kind of money, won’t you feel guilty?” a user named Tademaoyu said on Weibo, criticising the charity.
“Where has the Ministry of Civil Affairs been? There is no oversight of such institution,” another user named Guishiguang said.
The CCAFC, a national organisation governed by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, confirmed that only 20,000 yuan ($4,200 was sent to Ms Wu’s hospital to cover the medical fees.
“The remaining amount was expected to be reserved for surgery and rehabilitation treatment,” the charity said in a statement.
“We will communicate with Wu Huayan’s relatives as soon as possible to understand their wishes and will explain the subsequent use of donation to the public in a timely manner.”
China has said it is determined to eliminate poverty in the country by the end of this year.
Since the Chinese economic reform of 1978, nearly 800 million people have been lifted out of poverty, and the poverty rate has dropped from 97.5 per cent in 1978 to 1.7 per cent in 2019.