A young Chinese girl is working hard to gain weight so she can donate bone marrow to her father, who suffers from acute myeloid leukemia.
Luo Changming was diagnosed with the illness in 2016 and has since spent more than 200,000 yuan ($31,600) on chemotherapy.
Unfortunately, his condition recurred earlier this year. Doctors concluded that his only hope is through a bone marrow transplant, the donor of which must be of close relation.
Luo’s parents are too old to donate and his sister was incompatible, according to Chengdu Commercial Daily.
As it turned out, the only choice left is his daughter, Zhenzhen, but doctors said that she was too light to donate.
At 11 years old, Zhenzhen weighed only 29 kilograms (64 pounds), which is underweight for her age. Despite this, she was determined to help her father.
The South China Morning Post quoted her mother, Luo Xiaolan, as saying:
“I asked her, ‘Now you are the only one to save dad, do you want to save him?’ and she said, firmly, ‘Yes, I am not afraid.’”
Zhenzhen, who happened to be a picky eater, gained 4.5 kilograms (10 pounds) in just a little over a month. She now weighs 33.5 kilograms (74 pounds).
“Sometimes she told me that she didn’t want to eat any more, but I asked her, ‘Do you want to save dad?’ then she would try to eat some more,” her mother said.
After Zhenzhen’s efforts, doctors greenlighted the transplant for next week. Zhenzhen’s hard work paid off!