Zhou Lu and her son Chen Xiaotian were a very happy family, but, unfortunately, tragedy struck them early. Chen was only 5-years-old when they learned he had a malignant brain tumor. Despite it being discovered early on, the tumor continued to grow and doctors told him he wouldn’t make it to adulthood. Only months later Zhou was diagnosed with kidney disease.
Chen’s tumor eventually pressed against his optic nerve and he became blind; he also became bedridden. Even though Zhou was doing better, she still had problems and dialysis treatments daily. The doctors couldn’t do anything for Chen, but Zhou could recover with a new kidney. The doctors knew Chen would be a match, and went to Zhou’s mother to discuss her daughter’s options. When Zhou learned of this, she refused to even consider it as her little boy lay dying, but when Chen overheard their discussion, he made up his own mind on the issue.
Chen confronted his mother and demanded that he be allowed to save her life. She finally agreed and decided “if her son was to die, her only consolation was that part of him would live on in her.” They discovered that he was in fact a perfect match when he passed away on April 2, 2014. It is said the doctors bowed to him before moving on with the organ transplant to show their respect for such a brave young boy.
A few hours after he passed, doctors gave Zhou her new kidney, but she wasn’t the only one to be rescued by his selfless act. His other kidney went to a 21-year-old girl and his liver was given to a 27-year-old man.
Chen is certainly one to be admired for his strength and courage in the face of death. He loved his mom more than anything and gave her the best gift he could before leaving this life. Watch the video to see witness this sad, but very moving moment in their lives.