Sunday, 01. March 2015
04. 07. 14. - 13:00
A story that went round the world about Chinese dad Qiu Peiliang's lonely vigil waiting for his four-year-old son to die has taken a dramatic turn after hundreds of people donated money for fresh treatment.
The boy's father decided to give up hope and was simply waiting for their son to die so that through his death, his organs could be donated that might help others to live.
Dad Qiu Peiliang, 36, said: "I believe that by helping another to live my son will also in some way live on. Apart from that, there is only really one other wish that I have, and that would be for the doctors to find a hospital bed for him where he can be given the sort of care that will ease his suffering before he finally passes away. We can care for him as much as we can with love, but he still suffers.
"It is hard to believe that two months ago we had a happy family and life seemed good. I'm not prepared to just put his body into the ground after he's gone. Now we're just waiting for his death so we can complete the formalities and hand him over to the doctors to hopefully save another life."
But touched by his lonely vigil, despite the fact that doctors at the local hospital said there was no hope, several high-profile specialists have now been drafted in to try one last time to see if it was possible to help four-year-old Gougou Yen who has been diagnosed with a brain stem glioma. Instead of waiting for him to die in a cheap hotel room, the boy has now been checked into Xinqiao Hospital where he is reportedly getting the best treatment money can buy.
His disease is one in which cancerous cells form in the tissues of the brain stem from the glial cells. The glial cells in the brain or those that hold nerve cells in place, bring food and oxygen to them, and help protect them from disease, such as infection.
Dad Peiliang, 36, and his mother He Chengqin, 34, from southwest China’s Guizhou province, gave their son all the treatment that they could afford, but it didn't help, and as he slowly became more and more disabled as the cancerous cells started to press into his spinal column, they decided to give up.
Dad Qiu Peiliang said: "It was tough on him having the treatment and the doctors made it pretty clear that they didn't think he was responding, and given that he was in pain we decided it wasn't fair to continue to put him through it all. Unthinkable though it may seem to somebody not in our situation, we wanted to end his suffering and asked doctors if they would accept his organs as a donation to maybe help save another's life. Although suffering from cancer, brain stem gliomas usually do not spread outside the brain stem and so we he be safe to offer a transplant."
Under Chinese law however a person can only be accepted as an organ donor if they are either dead, or in a coma that they are medically not expected to wake up from. As a result his parents decided to rent a room next to the hospital, where they keep their son and try and make him as comfortable as possible while they wait for the time when he slips into a coma or dies.
Dad Qiu Peiliang added: "After stories appeared we had a call at the hotel to say that somebody was providing us with a nice apartment to stay in and so we moved there and it really was very nice. But next day when I went back to the hotel to collect our stuff, we opened the door and found it filled with fruit, toys, flowers and everything you can possibly think of sent by people to give us hope."
The dad said that the money used to pay for his son's treatment and their accommodation, and added that if anything was left over afterwards it will be donated to the hospital's child cancer research fund.
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