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2-year-old dies from cancer, parents donate her body

(People's Daily Online)    08:57, October 14, 2015
2-year-old dies from cancer, parents donate her body
Yang Yuqi in her aunt’s arms. (Photo/Xin’an Evening News)

When two-and-a-half-year-old Yang Yuqi died of brain cancer at 1 p.m. on Oct. 6 in Anqing, Anhui, her parents made a decision to keep their daughter alive in another way. They decided to make her organs available for donation, making Yang Yugi the youngest post mortem donor in Anqing.

In June this year, Yuqi's parents found that she was beginning to limp on her right leg. They took her to hospital where an MRI scan showed that she had developed brain cancer. 

The devastated parents took her to Shanghai for further examination. However, the results were the same: terminal brain cancer. They had to accept the fate and return home. Yuqi could only receive palliative care. Seeing their daughter become feebler day by day, their heart began to break. 

In late September, when taking Yuqi to hospital for treatment, her father Yang Chao saw how many patients were waiting for organ transplants. It occurred to him that they could donate her body so she would live in another way. Members of the family rejected the idea at first, but he managed to persuade them. Later, he called the local Red Cross Society and told them their wish.

On Oct. 6 at 1 p.m., 2015, Yuqi passed away. Three hours later, amid intense grief, her family donated her body to the local Red Cross Society. 

Yang Chao told the reporter, Yuqi donated both corneas. "Although I don't know who will have her eyes, I know someone will see the light again. It means that my daughter is still alive," Yang Chao said. 

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