When we typically hear the words “children” and “sacrifices” used in the same sentence, it’s usually the parent that comes to mind. Moms and Dads give up everything have for their kids. They devote time away from work to help their children with extracurriculars, they invest money in their child’s education, and they are available to help at a moment’s notice.
But the following is one special story where the roles happen to be reversed. A 7-year-old boy makes the biggest sacrifice for his mother. He not only helped saved a life, but he touched the hearts of millions all across the world.
By the end of reading this story, I was left in tears. It’s that moving.
Chen Xiaotian was only 5-year-sold when he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.
While his mother, Zhou Lu, carefully looked at him and gave him all the support she could. It didn’t last long. A few months later, she was diagnosed with a kidney disease.
The two slept side-by-side at the hospital for years. Zhou needed dialysis, while Chen needed constant attention.
Doctors believed Chen would recover, but then his cancer returned.
The cancer eventually blinded and paralyzed Chen, but his mother never gave up hope.
However, Zhou was facing issues of her own. Her kidney began to weaken, and it was evident that only a kidney transplant could save her.
That’s when the doctors intervened. They talked with Zhou’s mother. “They told me that my grandson would not survive,” she told Daily Mail, “but his kidneys could help his mother, and also save two other lives as well.”
Zhou refused. “She absolutely didn’t want to hear any talk of that happening.”
But when 7-year-old Chen heard his mother’s dilemma, he immediately demanded Zhou take his kidney. “Mom, I want to save your life,” he begged.
After debate and long discussions, a heartbroken Zhou agreed. Her only consolation was that her little boy would live on as a part of her.
Days later, Chen passed away. Doctors rushed him to the operating room where they would remove his kidneys and liver.
Before the procedure, the medical team paid a moment of silence to honor the little boy.
Chen’s kidney was a perfect match for Zhou, and she made a healthy recovery. Doctors claim it was a miracle.
Zhou’s not the only life that Chen saved. His right kidney went to a 21-year-old woman and his liver went to a 27-year-old man. Three lives have been saved thanks to this little angel with a big heart.
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