The brave young boy who donated bone marrow to save the life of his dangerously ill mother was discharged from hospital yesterday.
Shao Shuai, the 12-year-old boy from Xuzhou in Jiangsu province, has regained his appetite following the operation and was smiling yesterday.
"I feel good now, and so does my mother," the 12-year-old told METRO yesterday afternoon as he tucked into a bowl of rice and kungpao chicken.
The boy's mother, Shao Dan, 42, is in a stable condition and under close observation, said Wu Tong, the doctor in charge of the marrow transplant operation.
Shao Dan, who divorced Shao Shuai's father when the boy was one year old, came to Beijing alone six years ago to find work. She was diagnosed with leukemia at the end of 2008. Shao Shuai and his grandma journeyed to Beijing last July to take care of her, at which point Shao Shuai took a year out of school.
The 12-year-old said he knew his role the moment he was told his bone marrow could save his mother's life.
"My blood came from her, so it is right that it now runs through her," Shao Shuai said.
In addition to the life-saving marrow, financial donations have been plentiful. By Sunday, more than 300,000 yuan was given by individuals, enterprises and charity groups. Among them, a Beijing couple came to Daopei Hospital on Wednesday to donate 100,000 yuan.
Yesterday was the traditional Lantern Festival, which this year was particularly special for Shao's family. Many Beijing citizens made the trip to their hospital room to offer some company on the day - some teachers have even invited Shao Shuai to study in Beijing at their schools.
Dang Guoying, Shao Shuai's 73-year-old grandma, was also deeply touched.
"I don't know what to say except 'thank you'. Thank you to everyone who treated us so well," she said yesterday.
"Shao Shuai told me he wanted to donate the fruit, nutritional food, and milk that people sent us to orphans in Beijing. We were given love and we want more people to share in it," Dang said.