A 70-year-old man who has been fighting stomach cancer for the past three years skydived together with his 71-year-old wife over Australia’s Great Barrier Reef last week, making for a very memorable 50th wedding anniversary.
Gu Quanping was diagnosed with advanced stomach cancer three years ago during a routine checkup at a hospital in Chongqing.
As part of the treatment, doctors have removed four-fifths of Gu’s stomach, which was then followed by six rounds of chemotherapy. Due to the medical procedures, Gu has lost nearly 30 kilograms.
“The doctors told me that my father may not have long to live,” said his son Gu Yi, a photographer who works in Australia and Chongqing. “My mom and I then decided to stop the chemotherapy treatments and bring him back home to enjoy the rest of his life.”
After leaving the hospital, Gu’s health seemed to improve with his family around him. But unfortunately, they were involved in a car accident while visiting their hometown in Jiangsu province and Gu’s wife fractured her pelvis. His wife’s injury worried Gu so much that his health took a turn for the worse and he was sent back to the hospital again.
In time, Gu Yi decided to bring his parents to Australia despite his relatives’ objections. But he insisted that living in a new place could not only be better for his father’s health but also would be a memorable experience for his parents.
“If this would be my father’s last moments, I thought I should do this,” Gu Yi told reporters.
The family landed in Melbourne in November. Delighted to be in the new environment, the couple often walked along the beach hand in hand and posed for pictures together wherever they went.
In order to make his parents’ wedding anniversary special, Gu Yi arranged the skydiving session for them.
The couple were ecstatic about Gu Yi’s idea. Gu also collected a bouquet of flowers himself before boarding the airplane. He suddenly knelt down in front of his wife for a dramatic proposal:
“I know nowadays young people like to present flowers when they are married. My love, we’ve been married for 50 years. We couldn’t afford a wedding. Let’s marry once again here at the airport. Do you want to marry me?”
“Yes, yes. I hope we will be together for a long time!” his wife said in great excitement.
In the company of their own skydive coach, the couple jumped from an altitude of around 4,200 meters on that day. The couple hugged tightly after they landed safely.
“Thank you, son. You let me experience flying through the air like a bird,” Gu told his son.
“I’d never thought of traveling abroad. I’m on the cloud nine as I discover something new every day here. The world is so big!” Gu said, adding that he and his wife are planning on traveling all around Australia.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Chongqing Evening News]