Date
25 September 2017
Liang Yaoyi's classroom seat is now empty, but his great act of kindness will always be remembered; Liang's mother receives a certificate for his organ donations. Photos: Shenzhen Evening News
Liang Yaoyi's classroom seat is now empty, but his great act of kindness will always be remembered; Liang's mother receives a certificate for his organ donations. Photos: Shenzhen Evening News

Gifts of life from a dying boy

When 11-year-old Liang Yaoyi learned that he was terminally ill due to a brain tumor, he asked his mother from his hospital bed to donate all his organs after his death, the Shenzhen Evening News reported.

Two years ago, Liang moved from Zhangjiang in Shanghai to study and live with his elder sister and brother in Shenzhen. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in April after a fainting spell prompted a medical examination. The boy’s parents decided to move to Shenzhen to look after him, but his condition continued to deteriorate despite several surgeries.

In early June, he asked his mother to “donate him out”. The puzzled mom asked him to clarify.

“I want to donate all my organs to people in need because I want to become a great child, as I have seen so many kind-hearted people doing amazing things to help others,” the boy said.

The parents accepted the boy’s decision. Liang passed away on June 6 and became the 142nd donor of multiple organs in China. The boy’s school teacher recalls that the class once discussed organ donations, and that might have had an influence on Liang.

Liang’s kidney and liver have helped save lives, the report said.

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