Within just months after 5-year-old Chen Xiaotian was diagnosed with cancer, his 34-year-old mother Zhou Lu contracted kidney disease.

This photo was taken before the two got sick Photo credit: Daily Mail UK

This photo was taken before the two got sick
Photo credit: Daily Mail UK

At first, the boy’s condition appeared to be improving but the cancer came back with a vengeance and the doctors said his prognosis was not good: he would not reach adulthood. Meanwhile, his mother required regular dialysis. For two years, the two battled their medical conditions.

Chen’s condition got worse; he was soon paralyzed and blind.

Zhou reads to a blind Chen Photo credit: Daily Mail UK

Zhou reads to a blind Chen
Photo credit: Daily Mail UK

 

Zhou’s condition also worsened; doctors told her mother Lu Yuanxiu that a transplant is necessary so she could survive. They told her Chen is dying but they performed tests and found that his liver and both of his kidneys were in great condition. Zhou’s and Chen’s tissues match. Thus, Chen’s kidneys could save his mother. Zhou refused pointblank.

Chen's grandma, Lu Photo credit: Daily Mail UK

Chen’s grandma, Lu
Photo credit: Daily Mail UK

Hearing about his mom’s need for a transplant, the young boy volunteered to offer his kidneys so his mother could survive. As a cancer patient, he could not donate while he was alive as it would kill him but Chen wished for death so his kidneys could be used by Zhou.

The mother was horrified of losing her son but knew he could not survive for long. At her son’s insistence, Zhou agreed to be a recipient for his kidney.

When Chen died, doctors immediately harvested the organs.

Photo credit: Daily Mail UK

Photo credit: Daily Mail UK

One kidney was transplanted to Zhou and the other was donated to a 21-year-old girl while his liver went to a 27-year-old man.

Photo credit: Daily Mail UK

Photo credit: Daily Mail UK

The doctors bowed to the boy’s lifeless body and gave a moment of silent salute for this brave young man who died but saved the lives of three others.

Photo credit: Daily Mail UK

Photo credit: Daily Mail UK

Asked why she eventually accepted her son’s kidney aside from the obvious fact that it could prolong her life, Zhou said that although Chen is dead, a part of him is living inside her. She might not have the whole Chen but it was comforting to know a part of him is alive and staying with her for as long as she lives.

After the operation Photo credit: Daily Mail UK

After the operation
Photo credit: Daily Mail UK

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