Chen Xiaotian was only 7 when he was diagnosed with the brain tumor that would kill him. If that wasn’t enough bad news for his family, his mother Zhou Lu was diagnosed with kidney disease. They both would need to struggle just to live a shadow of the life everyone else has. So, Chen made a brave decision as he got worse. He asked his mother just to let him die… so that she may live.
Chen Xiaotian was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor just months before his own mother discovered she had kidney disease.
For years they both battled their conditions. Eventually, Chen was blinded and basically paralyzed as a result of his tumor.
Doctors knew he would die soon. They also knew he would be a match for his mother, who needed a kidney. Zhou Lou, however, refused to take it.
Chen overheard her refusal and went to her, urging his mother to take the kidney.
He wanted to save her life.
She finally agreed, knowing a piece of her son would live on in her.
He passed away on April 2nd and the kidney was given to his mother.
Before that, doctors were unsure if Zhou could ever live a normal life.
Now, thanks to her son, she will.
Before the surgery to remove the kidney, the doctors had a moment of silence in the operating room. There wasn’t a dry eye as they said goodbye to heroic Chen, who was about to save the life of his mother and two other recipients of his organs.
A Chinese mum who nursed her dying son for two years even though she was seriously ill herself has been cured after doctors used the boy’s kidney when he died to save her life.
The tragic story started when Chen Xiaotian from Jinzhou city in Hubei province in central China was diagnosed as having a malignant brain tumour aged just five.
He was treated and given an operation and for a few months it seemed that everything was well, but then the tumour returned with a vengeance and doctors told his parents there was little chance he would survive.
In addition his mother Zhou Lu, 34, had been diagnosed as suffering from kidney failure that left her permanently ill and in need of dialysis treatment. Despite her illness however she continued to care for her son, taking him for regular treatment at the hospital as he gradually worsened.
Eventually he became blind and shortly before he died had become bedridden and virtually paralysed, with his mother and grandmother having to do everything to care for him.
Grandma Lu Yuanxiu, 57, said: “The doctors approached me rather than his mother because of the sensitive nature of the issue. They told me that my grandson not survive but his kidneys could help his mother and also save to other lives as well.
“I discussed it with Zhou and she refused point-blank, she absolutely didn’t want to hear any talk of that happening.”
But the Gran had enlisted the help of her grandson who had told his mother: “I want to save your life.” In tears, his mother had agreed to the doctor’s proposal saying that what changed her mind was the thought that if her son was to die, part of him would live on in her.
Doctors confirmed that the tissue match was perfect and when he died on April 2, he was quickly moved to the operating theatre where his kidneys and liver were removed donated to his mother and two other people. The second kidney went to a 21-year-old girl and his liver to a 27-year-old man.
Hospital spokesman Yi Tai said all three transplants were a complete success and that the youngster’s death had allowed three others not only to live, but to have the hope of normal lives.
He said: “The medical team held a brief moment of prayer and silence for the poor child before the transplant, I think its fair to say there were very few dry eyes.”
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