A seriously ill high school graduate in Shanghai saw his dream of being admitted to college come true just three hours before he passed away this past Sunday.
Lu Qu-cheng, who lived in Yongyang Town, Nantong city, had been experiencing pain in his stomach just before and through the gaokao, China’s college entrance exam, Taotiao.com reports.
After the exam, he was diagnosed with Systemic non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma while having an appendectomy surgical operation, and was sent to Changhai Hospital in Shanghai on July 6.
“Despite sickness, Lu hung on till the end of the exam. With a score of 356, he excitedly applied for his dream university—the Nanjing University of Technology,” said Zhang Jian, head of the publicity department of the university.
Having learnt about his illness, the university immediately reached out to Lu’s high school as well as the Red Cross to set up a fundraising foundation.
On July 18, Lu was admitted into the university’s Department of Urban Railway Transit. Just one day later, Zhang, along with the faculty’s vice-secretary Chen Juan and admission professor Gao Jie, boarded an early morning train to Shanghai, carrying the admission notice and a 5,000 yuan fund.
Upon arriving at the hospital at 10:20 a.m., the professor let Lu’s father hand over the admission notice, as the student was experiencing a fever.
“Lu asked his father what it was, and became so emotional knowing that he was holding the admission notice,” Chen said, adding that Lu had been so worried his disease would cost him his chance to enter college.
Tragically, at 1:20 p.m., just three hours after receiving the notice, Chen succumbed to his illness.
By Joyce Ng