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Council employees give cash to sick boy

STATE Council employees donated 15,000 yuan (US$2,193) to the family of a boy suffering from leukemia after Premier Wen Jiabao discovered his family was short of money.

Two-year-old Li Rui was sleeping in his mother's arms at Tianjin Railway Station on Monday afternoon when the premier arrived to catch a train to the capital, Beijing Times reported.

As passengers in the waiting hall applauded, Premier Wen shook hands with Li's mother Wang Zhihua, who told him she was taking her son back home as the family had to stop medical treatment because they had no money.

Li Guishu, 37, Li Rui's father and a farmer in Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province, told the newspaper he and his wife found their son always looked pale and frequently had a fever last summer.

At first they thought it was normal, but a local hospital on June 11 discovered Li Rui had leukemia, according to his father.

With an annual income of 3,000 yuan, they spent more than 60,000 yuan for three months of treatment in Zhangjiakou and took the boy home in September, Li Guishu said.

His father earned about 2,000 yuan by selling 400 kilograms of flax after the Spring Festival and took his son to the Tianjin Research Center for Blood Diseases.

Li Guishu gave up on treatment due to the expense.

Accompanied by Li Guishu's brother-in-law Yang Zhengkui, they arrived at the station on Monday.

Premier Wen asked Yang why they were in Tianjin. After Yang explained, Wen held his hands firmly and said: "How about coming to Beijing for medical treatment. I will arrange it for you."


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