Last week, we published a story about a 19-year-old girl who tried to sell her virginity on the Hangzhou subway to raise money to fund her brother’s leukemia treatment. One reader was so touched by the story that she tracked down the brother herself and has launched a GoFundMe campaign to pay his medical costs.
Samantha Gomersall, an English expat living in Hangzhou, is trying to raise 90,000 yuan to save Xu Yanhong’s life.
According to a report that went viral on the Chinese internet last week. The 23-year-old man was diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukemia three years ago. His sister’s bone marrow was a match with his; however, he experienced a negative reaction to the bone marrow transplant, leaving him worse off than before.
A Chinese reporter visited Xu at the hospital last week. He looked thin and weak with his body covered in black spots. His doctor confirmed that the man’s body was breaking down — his fingernails were falling off, he could no longer shed any tears and he had developed a number of other diseases.
After hearing that her brother’s insurance wouldn’t cover the treatment, Xu’s sister traveled all the way to Hangzhou from their hometown in Yunnan province to try and raise money for him. Not knowing what else to do, she walked onto the Hangzhou Metro one day carrying a sign that said she was offering her virginity for 200,000 RMB.
Xu said that his sister had been foolish for what she had tried to do for him. He said that he felt bad for being such a burden to his family and wanted to return home so that his sister can get back to studying.
Gomersall says Xu’s condition has improved a bit after his story went viral. He received some help from locals, allowing him to afford medication. However, he still has a long way to go and if he doesn’t get funding he will die.
Check out his GoFundMe campaign, contribute if you can, and help spread the word.
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