A 23-year-old woman surprised Taiwanese singer Richie Ren at his concert in northeastern China and thanked him for a donation that saved her life in 2001.
“Don’t change”: During Ren’s recent concert in Shenyang, Liaoning province, the 23-year-old woman stood up and explained how the singer saved her life 22 years ago, according to the South China Morning Post.
I’m 23 years old this year, but I’ve known you for 22 years. When I was little, you even held me in your arms. In 2001, when I was just over 1 year old, I was suffering from congenital heart disease. Due to my family’s poor financial situation my life was in the balance. You read the news about me on your way to the concert in Shenyang and generously donated 30,000 yuan (approximately $4,200) which enabled me to have the surgery and saved my life.
The woman also shared photos of the singer holding her when she was a toddler before requesting Ren sing his 1998 song “Don’t Change.”
“I hope that the love between us will never change and that the universal love and compassion among people will also remain unchanged,” the 23-year-old said.
Chinese girl says thank you to a Singer that saved her life
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Life-saving operation: Ren reportedly made the donation when he was on his way to a concert in Shenyang more than two decades ago after he read about the girl’s story in a newspaper.
“Be brave, remember that I’m waiting for you,” Ren reportedly said before her life-saving operation.
The girl was among the estimated 160,000 newborns diagnosed with congenital heart disease per year in China. According to experts, about 50% of patients die before the age of 3.
About Ren: Ren, who is now 56 years old, is most known for his Mandopop songs “The Sad Pacific,” “Too Softhearted” and “Hey Girl Look This Way.” Fans praised Ren’s generosity and hailed him as a role model.
“I am so moved. It is a mutual journey between kind and grateful people,” a mainland social media user wrote.
“Richie is truly a kind person,” another user wrote. “I’ve come across several similar news stories about him before, in one he helped parents find their lost kid. Helping others seems to come naturally for him.”