A tragic report out of Anhui tells the story of an 18-year-old teenager named Gao Hongtao who suffered with Uremia and killed himself as a way to save his older brother who was diagnosed with the same illness.
The teenager and his older brother, Gao Honghui, 20, from Funan County, were both diagnosed as having Uremia, an illness accompanying kidney failure, in 2010.
Not only were the young men suffering from pain caused by Uremia, but also from the economic distress. Their family could barely afford medical expenses to take care of their sons, and were searching for matching kidneys to save their lives.
No longer wanting to be a burden to his family, the younger brother locked himself up and ingested pesticide to end his life.
He was found in an abandoned dark building with a note in his pocket that read: “Mom and Dad, I’m sorry, but I have to leave so you can save my brother.”
To his brother he wrote, “As long as you are cured in time, then I will be happy”.
His heartbreaking wish came true, and his older brother found a new kidney which was successfully transplanted after six hours of surgery.
“I’d be much happier if my brother were still alive,” Gao Honghui said.
By Isabel Quan