When we hear the words “kids” and “sacrifice” in the same sentence, we often think about the parents because parents are prepared to give up everything they’ve got for their kids.
They devote time outside of their regular jobs to assist their children with homework; they invest money in their children’s education; and they are always available to assist at any time of day.
But the next story is extremely special since the roles have switched. A 7-year-old kid has made the ultimate sacrifice for his mother. Not only did he help save her life, but he also touched the hearts of millions around the world.
When I finished reading this story, I was left with tears in my eyes. It is that emotional.
Chen was 5 years old when he was diagnosed with a brain tum0r.
His mother, Zhou, took care of him, treated him, and gave him all the support she could, but it didn’t last for long. A few months later, she was diagnosed with a kidney disease.
The couple slept next to each other in the hospital for several years. Zhou needed dialysis, and Chen needed to be taken care of around the clock.
The doctors thought Chen would heal, but the canc3r returned.
Eventually the canc3r got him blind and paralyzed, but his mother wouldn’t give up.
But she had her own health issues to deal with. One of her kidneys weakened, and it was obvious to the doctors that only a kidney donation could save her life.
This was the moment the doctors made an intervention. They spoke with Zhou’s mother. “They told me that my grandson would not make it”, she said. “But his kidneys can save his mother’s life and also the lives of two more people.”
Zhou refused: “She wouldn’t even want to hear about that option.”
But the 7-year-old kid, who heard about his mom’s thoughts, immediately insisted Zhou accept his kidney. “Mom, I want to save your life,” he begged.
After many thoughts and considerations, a broken-hearted Zhou had to accept her son’s offer. Her only comfort was that her little son would keep living as a part of her.
A few days later, Chen passed away. The doctors brought him to the surgery room, where they removed his kidneys and liver.
The crew observed a minute of silence in memory of Chen.
“Zhou’s life isn’t the only one Chen has saved. His right kidney was transplanted into a 21-year-old female, and his liver was transplanted into a 27-year-old male. Three lives were saved thanks to “the little angel with the big heart.”
May you rest in peace, Chen.