A 49-year-old British man passed away on Wednesday in China from a stroke. As a final gift for the country that he loved, he donated his organs, including his corneas, kidneys, heart and liver to six Chinese patients in need.
To celebrate their six-year wedding anniversary, Mark Osbone and his wife surnamed Wong held a small-scale anniversary party in the ICU ward of a Hangzhou hospital. The occasion also served as Osbone’s chance to say goodbye to their family and friends — with 30 paper cranes made by nurses hanging in front of his bed and his wife, wearing his favorite purple cheongsam by his side.
Osbone had been teaching in Hangzhou for the past six years and life had been wonderful for the couple. But everything was shattered on March 3rd when Osbone was sent to the hospital because he had slipped out of consciousness, NetEase reports. Doctors told Wong that her husband had suffered from an acute stroke, and was lucky to still be alive.
The doctor predicted that Osbone’s health would gradually worsen and said that there was nothing they could do. Wong was reminded that her husband had once told her: “I will die in China.”
Because his mother had benefited from a heart transplant 20 years ago, Osbone was interested in organ donation, People’s Daily reports. However, Wong’s parents seemed to oppose his decision. But, when they visited Osbone in the hospital, their stance softened, saying that they would respect whatever he decided.
“I just hope that we can all get together and share this precious moment with Mark,” Wong said with a smile on her lips. She doesn’t shed any tears, explaining that Mark taught her to stay strong, even in the darkest hours.
News of Osbone’s tragic death has touched the hearts of netizens across China, who have praised him for his generosity
“You will never leave us, we can still feel your presence. Thank you for your kindness, Mark!” reads one popular comment.
By Katie Ngai
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