An Australian expat teaching at the Southwest University in Chongqing passed away recently. He was only 27. While his time may have come far too soon, those mourning his passing can at least take some solace in the fact that his organs have helped to save the lives of three people while also giving sight back to two others.
In footage put together by Pear Video, the parents of Phillip Hancock are shown discussing and signing organ donation consent forms. Afterward, a nurse embraces Phillip’s father and wipes away the tears streaming down his mom’s face. The parents had flown from Australia to be by their child’s side in his final moments.
Phillip had been traveling and teaching English in China for several years, however, his health took a sudden turn for the worse last month due to complications related to Type 1 diabetes. He slipped into a coma and passed away a week later on May 9th. His dad said that back in his home country, Phillip was a registered organ donor, so he and his wife wanted to fulfill that final wish.
On the day that he died, Phillip’s liver, kidneys, and corneas were transplanted into the bodies of five Chinese patients. He was the seventh foreigner to successfully donate organs in China and the first in Chongqing.