Before passing away on June 6 of a brain tumour, 11-year-old Liang Yaoyi told his mother that he wanted to donate his organs
Shenzhen, China: An 11-year-old’s wish to give the gift of life to others came true on the last day of his life. The photograph shows doctors bowing to Liang Yaoyi, a gifted student from Shenzhen, China, who died from a brain tumour in June. His mother can be seen crying in the background.
Respect! The moving photograph shows doctors bowing to Liang Yaoyi to honour his decision to donate organs from his deathbed; his mother can be seen crying in the background. PIC/REDDIT
Liang was diagnosed with the tumour at the age of 9, just after he moved to Shenzhen to join his brother and sister, and to attend primary school, Shanghai Daily reports. One day, Liang felt dizzy and the next day had trouble walking, so his sister took him to a hospital where he learned he had a brain tumour.
Before passing away on June 6, Liang told his mother, Li Qun, that he wanted to donate his organs.
“There are many people doing great things in the world,” he said according to China Daily. “They are great, and I want to be a great kid too.”
CCTV News reported that Liang also said it was also a chance for him to be “alive in another way.”
Liang’s teacher said he may have learned of organ donation by reading stories in a school textbook. Liang’s mother honoured his wishes and doctors were able to save his kidneys and liver for donation, according to China Daily.
Doctors at the first affiliated hospital of Zhongshan University in Guangzhou helped Liang donate his organs and within 8 hours they were able to save the lives of others.
The picture has created a firestorm within Chinese media outlets and on Reddit, where users commented on the beauty of the photo, the strength of Liang and the importance of organ donation.