NANCHANG – Five people are in stable condition in hospital after undergoing heart, liver, kidney and cornea transplants with organs donated by a three-year-old girl who died last week.
The donor, Liu Jingyao, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour earlier this year, Xinhua news agency reported.
Her parents visited a number of hospitals in several cities but all the doctors said Jingyao’s condition was too late to be cured.
The girl’s head started to swell and had trouble speaking and was eventually confined to bed.
Her father, Liu Xiaobao, discussed with Jingyao the possibility of donating her organs after persuading other family members about the move.
“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 other people’s lives. She agreed to this,” he said.
Jingyao’s physical condition deteriorated earlier last week and finally died on Sept 23 in the People’s Hospital in eastern Jiangxi province.
Her organs were then removed for transplantation.
“She was too young and some of her organs were very small but we were able to implant her kidneys into one patient’s body. Her heart, liver and corneas were given to four other patients,” said Dr. Zhang Ming.
Doctors said the five recipients were in stable condition as of Monday.
“You lit up five people’s lives. You are the most beautiful princess in the world,” Xiaobao said of his daughter. – Bernama