Three-year-old organ donor saves 5 lives in China

  • PTI, Beijing
  • Updated: Sep 29, 2014 15:07 IST

A three-year-old Chinese girl died of a brain tumour but helped save the lives of five other persons when her heart, liver, kidneys and corneas were donated.

The donor, Liu Jingyao, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour earlier this year after she was observed walking unsteadily.

Her parents visited multiple hospitals in several cities, but each doctor said the condition was terminal, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The girl's head swelled and she began to have trouble speaking, eventually becoming confined to bed.

Her father, Liu Xiaobao, discussed the possibility of donating her organs.

"The word 'donation' was difficult for her to understand, so I tried to explain that if we would give something from her body, she could save the lives of others. She agreed to this," said Xiaobao.

The girl's physical condition deteriorated earlier last week and she died on September 23 in the People's Hospital of Jiangxi Province in east China.

Her organs were soon removed for transplantation.

"She was too young and some of the organs were very small. But we were able to transplant her kidneys into one patient. Her heart, liver and corneas were given to four other patients, respectively,"?said doctor Zhang Ming.

Doctors said the five recipients were in stable condition, indicating that the transplants were successful.

"You lit up five people's lives. You are the most beautiful princess in the world," Xiaobao said to his deceased daughter.

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