Lung recipient signs up as organ donor

Breath of life: Wu waking up after undergoing the lung transplant in Wuxi, Jiangsu province.

BEIJING: A donated lung links a woman in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, with a boy who grazed cattle thousands of miles away in Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

For Wu Yue, 30, who received the lung transplant, breathing deeply is the best thing in the world.

In 2017, to show her gratitude, Wu registered as an organ donor herself, which she considered a gift for the donor.

“It’s not an easy decision to make, but I want to voice my support for the organ donor system and encourage more people to understand and support it.

“Even if my organs are not suitable for donation, I’m willing to donate my body for medical research.”

She calls the donor “cattle-grazing boy”, because the only information she knows about him is that he was a boy who grazed cattle and fell to his death from a hill.

“He gave his lung and I should take good care of it,” Wu said.

“I often imagine what he looked like and how he lived his young life. He is my best listener.

“Besides my parents and good friends, he is another reason for me to carry on.”

In May 2013, Wu was diagnosed with lymphangioleiomyomatosis, a rare lung disease.

“My happy life suddenly changed,” she said.

“The doctors told my parents that I could live up to five years if I inhaled oxygen continuously. In other words, my life would be painful and meaningless.”

The doctors told her that a lung transplant was her only chance of survival, but that she might not have lived long enough to get one.

According to the China Organ Donation Administrative Centre, the number of people willing to donate organs has risen since the country launched its public organ donation system in March 2010.

In 2016, 4,080 people donated 11,296 organs in China, while about 300,000 patients were on waiting lists for organs. — China Daily/Asia News Network

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