Shi Yong (pseudonym), a 38-year-old
delivery man, died from cerebral hemorrhage on Aug. 23, 2020. Stricken
with grief, his family still gave permission for his organs to be
donated, and the life-saving organs ended up saving six people.
two children in school and sick parents, Shi had worked two jobs to
provide for his family. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, he continued
working as a food delivery man for China's leading food delivery
platform, Ele.me, in Fuyang city of eastern China's Anhui province.
Aug. 20, Shi Yong suddenly fell into a coma and was diagnosed with
intracerebral hemorrhage caused by hypertension. Though the medical
staff tried their best, just two days later he was declared brain-dead.
Yong's family was overwhelmed when they heard the news. After
consideration, the grief-stricken family made a decision: they would
donate Shi's organs.
"He was always
willing to help others. Shi Yong's parents and I both agreed to donate
his organs to save more people. I believe this was also Shi Yong's last
wish," his wife said. "I hope all recipients can live well."
Aug. 23, after a 10-hour-long surgery conducted by more than 100
medical staff members of the First Affiliated Hospital of the University
of Science and Technology of China (USTC), six transplant operations
were successfully performed, including liver, heart, kidney and cornea
transplants. Currently, all the transplanted organs are working well and
the recipients are recovering.
transplantation is a vital therapy for terminal and irreversible organ
failure. At present, all transplanted organs in China come from
voluntary donations by citizens.
to the China Organ Donation Administrative Center, as of Aug. 31, the
number of registered volunteers for organ donation topped 2.29 million,
and 30,389 people have donated 88,810 organs as of Aug. 18.
donation represents the humanity of the donor at its very best. Donated
organs allow the continuation of life by saving others," said Liu Zhe, a
staff member at the the First Affiliated Hospital of the USTC.