Taiwanese actor-host Chris Wang and his wife, Lin Yixian, had a scare recently when their son Kai Kai had to go to the hospital after suffering a head injury.
The three-year-old had apparently taken a tumble, where he hit his head on the ground and started bleeding profusely.
Chris, 38, went on to detail the incident on Facebook. “While editing a video at home, I suddenly received a call from mummy, frantically asking me to come downstairs,” he wrote. When Chris rushed down, he saw his wife and Kai Kai covered in blood, and an ambulance waiting outside.
According to Chris, Yixian then screamed: “Kai Kai just hit his head! The ambulance isn’t actually supposed to fetch us! But I asked them to help take us to the hospital…”
After confirming that Kai Kai was “conscious and not crying a lot”, Chris then decided that it's best that Yixian tag along with the ambulance while he stayed back to pack some things that they might need in the hospital.
A while later, Chris received another call from Yixian, asking him to decide if their son should go for surgery. According to the doctor, Kai Kai might resist the operation but at the same time, he didn't recommend general anesthesia for the kid.
This left Chris in a dilemma as he suddenly remembered a story he heard about a three-year-old burn victim from Australia who was so traumatised by the “brutal” medical treatment he had undergone that he was unable to speak for more than a decade.
Then, the doctor told Chris, "Do you want to let me try something? I will first try a method that might make him be okay with getting stitched up. But if that fails, then we might need to put him under general anesthesia." Intrigued, Chris agreed to let the doctor work his magic.
Chris, who also has a five-year-old daughter named Lei Zhen, then described the doctor’s, um, interesting method in making sure Kai Kai stayed calm.
“The doc started telling Kai Kai a story. He said: “Little boy, your head hit the floor. Worms and insects have crawled in. We’ll have to catch the bugs later together, if not they will multiply and grow longer. They will eat your eyeballs, and then crawl to your mum and eat your mum’s flesh…” wrote Chris.
"After that, the doctor explained to Kai Kai that the sensations he might feel later, such as the pain from the injection and the tugging of the stitches, were because the bugs didn’t want to leave his body and so he just has to bear with the pain for a little while," he added.
As morbid as it all sounds, the trick worked and the doctor finished the surgery without a hitch. "[The doctor] didn’t force Kai Kai to do anything," wrote Chris. "We did every step only after Kai Kai nodded his head [and gave us the go-ahead]… I’m really so impressed by this whole process! And it was a really good lesson on how to communicate with kids."
Chris then apologised to his fans and the organisers of an event in Tainan that he and his family were originally scheduled to participate in before the accident happened.
“For the safety and wellbeing of my children, I’ve decided to cancel all trips right now, including the parent-child event in Tainan and the week-long sailing trip next week… I would like to apologise to the fans who came for the event. I heard that it was a successful one,” Chris wrote.
He also thanked everyone for being understanding, saying that “health comes first”. He ended the post by wishing everyone good health and assuring his fans that he and his son are “alive and well”.