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Terminally ill dad hopes to save sick daughter

A MAN with terminal lung cancer disappeared for three months to give his family the chance to save his 10-year-old adoptive daughter when she developed a tumor.

Tang Lichao, 43, from Jianyang City, in southwest China's Sichuan Province, said he vanished because the family had already spent its 300,000-yuan (US$43,934) savings to rescue his daughter and now had debts of more than 150,000 yuan, today's West China Metropolis Daily reported.

His wife Zhang Xiaoping, 44, has now convinced him to get medical treatment to set a good example for their daughter, the newspaper reported.

Shopkeepers Tang and Zhang discovered their daughter had a malignant lymphoma tumor early last year, but surgery in June that year was successful. However, her health deteriorated this May and the family had to pay about 10,000 yuan a month to continue the treatment, Zhang said.

In August this year, Tang vanished. "I feared you would force me to receive treatment," he later told his wife when they reunited.

Both are now assessing suitable hospitals. They discovered their daughter when she was abandoned on their doorstep as a baby in 1999. Zhang, who was four months pregnant at the time, had an abortion to secure their adopted daughter's future.


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