They say that a dog is man’s best friend. For an elderly Shanghai resident known as Yang, however, no dog can ever take the place of his life-saving blow-up doll.
This story begins in a residential apartment complex lodged in the dead center of Shanghai, China, where Yang has been living by himself for several years.
Yang used to reside here with his wife and son, but then his wife passed away, and soon after his son moved away to study.
Since then, Yang has become overcome with loneliness; so much so that he chose to purchase an inflatable blow-up doll in hopes of quenching his desire for companionship.
Owning a blow-up doll is unfortunately considered quite taboo across most of the world. Some people, in fact, completely denounce those who own such dolls, referring to them as creepy losers who need mental help.
Yang happened to stumble upon such a set of negative comments while perusing the Internet and was so hurt by it, that he chose to commit suicide.
And so we come to January 3rd, 2010, around 4pm, when Yang jumped off the sixth floor of his apartment complex in an attempt to end his life.
Eyewitnesses at the scene were horrified, especially because it appeared as if he was clutching onto a little girl. And as he landed, there was a large bang, which onlookers assumed was Yang slamming into her poor little body.
Thankfully, it wasn’t a girl or even a human. It was his blow-up doll, which immediately blew open as he crashed into it. Yang was knocked unconscious, but he soon after made a full recovery at a nearby hospital.
If it weren’t for his inflatable blow-up doll, this man, known only as Yang, wouldn’t be with us today.
Remember folks, blow-up dolls aren’t just made for pleasure; they’re also made for saving lives!