Saturday, 20. December 2014
25. 07. 14. - 16:00
This Chinese love story had a happy ending after a university student stopped her studies and spent her savings on medical treatment to save her boyfriend's life.
And Xiang Hua, 24, who saved her boyfriend Li Zhen, also 24, by paying his medical bills made him doubly happy when she turned up in hospital wearing a wedding dress after he said it had been his dearest wish to see her as a bride at his side.
The couple met while studying at university in the city of Guangzhou in south-eastern China's Guangdong province, and both were expected to graduate this September. But at the end of the last academic year, he was given the diagnosis that he was suffering from leukaemia and the prognosis was not good.
She said: "I was with him at the doctors when he got the results. We got the bus back home together afterwards and he was crying on the bus, but I didn't want to cry because I wanted to stay strong for him. I remember that he fell asleep on my shoulder, and I decided there and then that I was not going to let this separate us."
Although she had worked hard in between studies to save up money to fund her education to the end, and had also been given cash from her parents, she liquidated it all and used it to fund the best treatment that she could get for her boyfriend.
She said: "He responded really well to treatment and then we got the great news that his brother is a perfect match for a bone marrow transplant and the future looks good again. While he was in hospital I kept spirits up by talking about plans for the future, and he told me that the thing he wanted most was to see me in a wedding dress at his side. I know he was still sick, but I decided to make it happen, and he couldn't believe it when I walked in wearing the wedding dress."
Once the treatment is finished the pair plan to return to their home in the city of Huaihua in south China's Hunan province where they want to get married. She then hopes they can both continue their studies and graduate.
The young man who is at the moment still in the hospital at Changsha City said: "I have a picture now beside my bed of my wonderful girlfriend in a wedding dress, I hope that the next time there is a picture she won't be standing alone but will be standing next to me, and it will be our wedding day."
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