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12-year-old Boy Quits School to Care For Dying Mom and Raise Money For Treatment

Gu Guang Zhao, a 12-year-old boy from Henan, China, quit attending his school earlier in October to help his severely ill mother at home and to raise money for her kidney transplant.

After learning that his 40-year-old mother is slowly dying due to kidney failure, Gu wrote to his teacher earlier last month if he could stop going to school to help his mother, according to Chinese media via AsiaOne. Gu, who was a top student in school with many awards under his belt for his academic achievements, began working at a very young age to help raise money for his mother’s operation. As said on the reports, the estimated amount that he had to raise was 500,000 yuan (US$75,578). Unfortunately, the family’s saving has already been tapped out due to his mother’s daily dialysis needs, even incurring a 100,000 yuan (US$15,115) debt. But despite these problems, Gu still worked hard for his mother.