In Jinan, Shandong, in the small park every morning, no matter the weather, you can always see a little boy running hard. The little boy is Quanquan (a pseudonym). He is nine years old this year. He runs hard every day to save his brother’s life. “I want to save my brother. Only by becoming stronger can I save him.” Quanquan said with tears in his eyes. On July 1, 2021, his brother Mingming (a pseudonym) developed a dry cough and 6 lymph nodes grew under his left arm. On July 2, the family took Mingming to the hospital. After a series of tests, it was found that Mingming had no immune T cells and was suffering from severe pneumonia.
It was the first time that the parents of the child heard of “immune T cells” and they didn’t know what it meant. The doctor told them that T cells are a kind of lymphocytes, without immune T cells, children are easily infected by common pathogens. The doctor’s explanation made the couple stand in the doctor’s office in a daze, and they didn’t even know how to get out of the doctor’s office. Reality is reality after all, and you need to face it whether you want to accept it or not.
After calming down, the child was admitted to the hospital immediately. Because the child’s condition was relatively serious, Ming Ming received treatment at Weifang People’s Hospital and Shandong Provincial Hospital, but his condition still did not get better, and a bad premonition struck the couple.
On the advice of the doctor, the two sent the child to Beijing Children’s Hospital for treatment. The doctor told the child’s father that Ming Ming was suffering from severe combined immunodeficiency and could only undergo bone marrow stem cell transplantation. When the child’s mother heard the doctor’s words, she cried with a headache, and kept muttering: “How could my son get such a serious illness? How could he?”.
They never expected that their son who was alive and kicking would suffer from such a disease, but now is not the time to be sad. In order to allow Mingming to receive the transplant as soon as possible, the whole family underwent a genetic test on August 26. The final result showed that Quanquan and Mingming has been successfully matched and can be transplanted.
This result gave the whole family hope. Quanquan was very happy when he learned that he could save his younger brother by successfully matching the type. However, during the physical examination before bone marrow transplantation, the doctor told the father of the child that Quanquan was too thin and not very good, and he needed to gain weight and strengthen his physique to get bone marrow stem cells. transplant. “As long as I can save my brother, I am willing to do anything.” The 9-year-old man was full of firmness on his face.
It was also from that time that the huge medical expenses and Quanquan’s poor physical fitness were like two obstacles blocking Ming Ming’s road to recovery. Hope is close at hand but difficult to grasp. The previous treatment had already cost nearly 200,000 yuan, and the couple had exhausted everything, and they still owed nearly hundreds of thousands of debts at once. “I brought my child to this world, even if I gave up my life, I will let my son live well,” said the child’s mother, holding the youngest son in her arms and choked up.
Since knowing that he had successfully matched his younger brother, Quanquan started to run in Zhongshan Park every morning, and he was panting and sweating every time he took more than ten kilometers of exercise in a day. Although very tired, as long as he thinks that he can save his brother, he is full of energy and has the motivation to persevere.
He got rid of his picky eaters, supplemented with balanced nutrition according to the doctor’s advice, and strengthened his physique. The child’s father looked at the elder son who worked hard every day, although he felt distressed but couldn’t stop him. On one side is the tired eldest son, on the other side is the younger son who is waiting for help, making this father suffer.
In order to save his brother as soon as possible, Quanquan, who just entered the fourth grade this year, has not gone to school since the beginning of September. He insisted on exercising every day to gain weight. He usually reads and reviews at home. He can’t waste time. Every day means more brothers. It’s dangerous. Now my mother accompanies her younger brother to be treated in Beijing. Because the expenses in Beijing are too high, Quanquan and father can only stay in the rental house in Jinan. For the first time since Quan has memories, the whole family cannot be together during the Mid-Autumn Festival, but as long as you think of saving your brother, all your thoughts turn into motivation.
Since Mingming was diagnosed on July 2, more than 370,000 daily treatment and hospital expenses have been spent, and more than 300,000 foreign debts have been owed. Although Quanquan has successfully matched his younger brother, the high cost of surgery is an insurmountable gap for the family. Mingming’s parents originally worked in fast food restaurants and factories, but since Mingming fell ill, they have no income to take care of his family. My deep distress for my son has been transformed into a huge determination to save his life and courage to ask for help. Now the relatives who can borrow have already borrowed it, and the whole family has reached a difficult stage.
If everything goes well, Quanquan and Mingming can do bone marrow hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, but now they don’t have enough surgical fees, even if Quanquan’s physical condition permits, they can’t do it. For ordinary families like them, hundreds of thousands of treatment costs are simply astronomical, but as long as there is a glimmer of hope, the whole family does not want to give up, “We don’t want to lose our children, we want to save their lives.” The child’s father watched. Looking at the family portrait on the wall, I couldn’t help crying.
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