The tragic death of a 22-year-old French man during the Spring Festival holiday has brought new hope to several terminal patients through his organ donations.
Identified only by the pseudonym “Xiao Ao” in Chinese media, the foreigner died from severe brain injuries sustained in a car accident in Hangzhou on February 17. His family initially wished to move Xiao Ao back to France, but doctors informed them that he would very likely die en route. Thus they made the decision to follow Xiao Ao’s wishes for organ donation here in China after he died on February 24.
His lungs were donated to a 57-year-old terminal emphysema patient, surname Wang, in Wuxi, Jiangsu. The successful transplant was performed at the lung transplant center of the Wuxi People’s Hospital. “I am the luckiest guy and I really appreciate the young boy’s love,” Wang told China Daily. Now in stable condition, Wang, from Inner Mongolia, had been waiting at the Wuxi People’s Hospital for three months before the transplant.
Xiao Ao’s liver and both kidneys were also transplanted to patients in need at the First Hospital of Zhejiang Province. The transplants make Xiao Ao the first foreign donor in Zhejiang province. His two kidneys were transplanted to two men (30-years-old and 40-years-old) who were both diagnosed with uremia.