A Chinese man was caught out when 17 of his girlfriends appeared at his hospital bedside following a car accident.

According to Chinese media reports, the man – known only as Yuan – had been dating all the women at the same time, and has even fathered a child with one.

But none of the ladies had any clue about his infidelity, and some were even planning to marry him – until a car crash last month brought his facade crashing down.

“I was really worried when I heard that he was in hospital,” said Xiao Li, who’s been seeing Yuan for 18 months.

“But when I started seeing more and more beautiful girls show up, I couldn’t cry anymore.”

The story has gone viral in China, where some have praised Yuan for his efforts and others have criticised the women for not being able to see through his web of deceit.

Yuan is also accused of stealing over $50,000 from his ex-wife and conning at least some of his current girlfriends out of their own funds.

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