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Leukemia boy receives more donations

THE Chinese Red Cross Foundation and Hebei Province donated 140,000 yuan (US$20,468) yesterday to the family of a boy suffering from leukemia after Premier Wen Jiabao discovered his parents stopped medical treatment due to a lack of funds.

Two-year-old Li Rui was diagnosed with leukemia in June. He was in stable condition in Beijing Children's Hospital, Beijing Times reported today.

Li Guishu, the boy's father, received numerous calls about his son's health. Some of the callers also expressed willingness to donate money to the family after Wen met them at Tianjin Railway Station on Monday afternoon.

The premier helped the family to receive treatment in the capital and donated 10,000 yuan to the family. State Council employees donated another 5,000 yuan on Tuesday.

Li Guishu told the newspaper he was too lucky and expressed thankfulness to everyone who has helped his family. When talking to his son over the phone, Li heard the boy cry angrily as they had been separated since he was moved to the hospital ward on Tuesday.

Li Guishu, 37, a farmer in Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province, said 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 said Li Rui had leukemia on June 11.

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.

After the Spring Festival, Li took his son to the Tianjin Research Center for Blood Diseases for treatment with 2,000 yuan earned by selling 400 kilograms of flax. He decided to give up on treatment due to the expense.

They went to Tianjin Railway Station to return home, which is when they met the premier.


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