A 7-year-old boy who died of brain cancer had his final wish to donate a kidney to his mother carried out by doctors in Hubei province yesterday, Shanghai Daily reports.
Chen Xiaotian was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor when he was only five years old and began losing vision in his eyes this year when the tumor pressed against his optic nerve.
His mother suffered from uremia, which is only cured by a kidney transplant. The kidney transplant was first brought up by Chen’s grandmother, although the boy’s mother adamantly refused the idea.
Chen, however, made it his dying wish that his mother should receive his kidney when he inevitably passed away.
The transplant was successfully completed at the Jingzhou City’s Tongji Hospital around 10 a.m. yesterday, six hours after Chen died.
The surgeon, Chen Gang, said the boy’s mom was likely to make a full recovery and that she would be moved from intensive care to another ward in less than a week.
Chen also donated his other kidney to a 21-year-old woman and his liver to a 27-year-old man, both of which operations were completed yesterday.
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