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Man’s suicide attempt ends in sore throat diagnoses

By Mason White 11:00 AM October 24, 2014
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By: Feng Qian
A man’s life was saved after he attempted suicide over pain in his throat.

The man of Chongqing, China, attempted suicide last week, after he thought that his sore throat was caused by cancer.

Police were called to rescue 45-year-old Zhou, after local residents saw him sitting on top of a bridge over the Fujiang river in the Sichuan Province on Saturday.

Zhou had thrown his cigarette into the river and was preparing to jump when police grabbed him by his belt through a gap in the guardrail.

“Why did you save me? I will not live long with cancer anyway,” Zhou told police.

Zhou later explained that he had diagnosed himself after a relative of his neighbor died of esophageal cancer a few days earlier. Zhou erroneously believed that he was suffering the same type of cancer, police said.

Zhou was taken to a hospital and his wife stood at his side. He was diagnosed with pharyngitis, also known as a sore throat, which can cause discomfort and pain in the throat.