Beijing, May 24 (IANS) A woman in China has donated the organs of her 11-year-old son, who became brain-dead after an accident, to save the lives of five strangers.
Yuan Dezhen, a 40-year-old migrant working mother from Shenzhen, has been living in Guangzhou with her family of five since 2006.
Her husband and her youngest son — 11-year-old Tian Gan — were severely injured in a car accident in January. Her husband died and her son was declared brain-dead, relying on a respirator to sustain his life, Xinhua reported.
Yuan chose to take her son off life-support and donate his organs.
Her son’s liver, pancreas and small intestine were given to a 53-year-old diabetic and liver cancer patient.
His kidneys were given to two women patients aged 38 and 68, while the corneas brought sight to another two patients.
Yuan also chose to donate her son’s body as well, giving it to the Medical School of Shenzhen University for educational and research purposes.
Yuan said it pained her to see her son on a respirator. She slept just two or three hours a day while he was in the hospital, praying for a miracle and hoping that he might wake up.
“I felt that if his organs could save just one person, his life could be extended.”
Statistics from the health ministry said that 1.5 million patients in China are in dire need of organ transplants each year, while only 10,000 end up receiving them.