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Donations pour in for surgery

MORE than 63,000 yuan (US$9,586) has been raised for Wan Yang, who had his first operation as part of a bone marrow transplant yesterday at Changhai Hospital.

Locals helped with the 26-year-old's medical bills, estimated at 350,000 yuan, after they saw the story reported in Shanghai Daily.

Christopher Harkin, from Melbourne, Australia, donated 2,600 yuan for Wan Yang and also called on all his friends to donate.

"No amount is too small, so I ask for everyone to give generously. I wish for Wan Yang to make a speedy recovery and enjoy a full and healthy life with his girlfriend and family," said Harkin.

Wan Yang, from Yingshang, Anhui Province, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia on December 30, 2010. To cover the medical bills, his younger brother mortgaged the family's only house in the country.

Wan's mother quit her job as a sanitary worker at a villa in Songjiang District and began to take care of her son day and night. Currently, only the 54-year-old father still works, at a golf course, where he receives a monthly income of 1,350 yuan.

Wan Meng, the younger brother, donated his stem cells for the bone marrow transplant and is recovering at Changhai Hospital.

"Doctors said my brother is likely to recover if a transplant takes place in time," said Wan Meng, who also sold his vehicle to raise funds.

Wan Yang will have the second operation today.


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