A man in Changchun city, Jilin province has made over 147 blood donations in the past decade to help his wife, who suffers from anemia and myasthenia, an autoimmune disease.
After Xu Wenwu’s wife collapsed in 2003 due to her anemia, doctors told her that she would need regular blood transfusions, which would be more than the family could afford.
Wu learned about a blood donation policy in China that allows the spouse of the donator to use blood for free, as long as his or her spouse has donated a certain amount of blood. When Xu discovered that they had the same blood type, he decided it was the best option.
Xu’s wife, Wang Xiaoying, was later diagnosed with myasthenia gravis and could no longer look after herself properly. Xu, an electrician, was let go from dozens of jobs because he spent so much time caring for his wife.
Wang no longer needs regular blood transfusions to live, but Xu said he will continue to donate to others who need it. Computer data at a Changchun blood station, established in 2001, has recorded 147 donations by Xu, but the number may even be higher.