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Cancer patient donates home to hospital

A terminal cancer patient donated his small apartment to a hospital for medical research on cancer yesterday, a gesture that moved the doctors and nurses who work there.

Gao Qiaosheng, 70, has been fighting lung cancer for five years and his condition worsened recently.

"I have no children," he said. "I don't know how long I will survive, for weeks or for months."

Gao signed papers to donate his Hongkou District apartment worth about 1 million yuan (US$159,000) to the Shanghai No. 10 People's Hospital. Gao said he wanted to contribute to the effort to explore the mysteries of cancer to help more patients plagued by the disease.

He said he thought about the donation for a long time and he was happy he could finally realize his dream.

Since being diagnosed with cancer five years ago, Gao has visited lots of hospital in Shanghai and Beijing and tried every possible treatment, including medications, chemotherapy and radiosurgery.

He said he felt better last year but his legs started aching recently and a scan showed the tumor had spread to his bones.

During his most recent stay in the hospital, he found it specialized in cancer treatment and the medical staff were very professional and kind to him. That's when he made his decision.

The donation is unprecedented for the hospital, and the doctors, nurses and other personnel were emotionally taken by Gao's charity.


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