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Gift of life from ‘great child’ touches nation

A DYING child who asked his mother to donate his organs to help others has touched the hearts of thousands of China’s web users.

Liang Yaoyi, an 11-year-old from Shenzhen in China’s southern province of Guangdong, died of a brain tumor in provincial capital Guangzhou last Friday afternoon.

Within an hour, the boy’s kidneys and liver were harvested for transplant.

Liang had told his mother Li Qun that he wanted to donate his organs in order to be a “great child,” Shenzhen Evening News reported yesterday.

“I have seen many people doing good deeds and I think they are great. I want to be a great child too,” he told his mother.

When Liao’s story was posted on Weibo microblog by the newspaper’s deputy editor-in-chief it was seen by tens of thousands of web users, including celebrities such as actress Yao Chen.

Many said that they prayed for him, and that he was indeed a great child.

Two years ago, Liang moved from Guangdong’s Lianjiang County to Shenzhen, where his sister Liang Lijun, 21, and brother Liang Peihong, 19, live, to attend a local primary school.

On the evening of April 22, Liang Yaoyi felt dizzy. His sister thought he had a cold, but next morning he had difficulty walking.

The sister immediately took Liang to hospital where he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Li Qun used all her savings and borrowed from relatives in a desperate bid to find successful treatment for her son.

The family said that Liang had wanted to be a rocket scientist after reading a book about great inventions his brother bought him.

Then when he was in hospital, he told his mother that he wanted to be a doctor to cure other children’s illnesses.

But as his condition deteriorated this month, Liang revealed his final wish to his mother.

“Mom, if I die, please donate me,” the young boy said.

When his mother said she didn’t understand, he explained, “Donate my organs.”

Li Qun was shocked but accepted her son’s request.

Liang’s teacher said stories in a school textbook may have inspired the child.

One story told how a bone marrow donor helped a young man with leukemia, while the other was called “Immortal Eyes.”

Through donating his organs Liang will continue to live in another way, said his sister Liang Lijun.


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