According to the Chinese newspaper Qilu Evening News, on August 23, a girl was seen holding up a sign stating: “I am for sale to save my younger brother” on a street near the Children’s Hospital of Jinan City in Shangdong Province, China.
The newspaper article noted: “The girl’s name is Xiao-Xiao Lee, and she is 19 years of age. Her younger brother has been diagnosed with leukemia, but her family can’t afford the treatment.”
She was recently accepted by the Chemistry Department of Qilu Normal University and is supposed to begin school in September 2017. She just started a part-time job at a bookstore to help out with family expenses, but 10 days into the job, she learned about her brother’s illness. She immediately quit her job and rushed to the hospital with her savings of RMB700 (US$108).
To pay for her brother’s treatment, the sign says that she needed to raise an additional RMB300,000 (US$46,000) and she would work the rest of her life to pay it back. Xiao-Xiao Lee said that her parents are farmers working on a 0.6-acre plot of land with little savings. To pay for her brother’s treatment, her parents already borrowed about RMB500,000 (US$77,000) from relatives and friends, but they still needed additional funds.
The additional funding is required for the next phase of treatments, including a bone marrow transplant. Both parents have been successfully matched with their son, and the father decided to donate his bone marrow, with the procedure scheduled for September. The doctor told them that RMB300,000 is required for the procedure.
Xiao-Xiao Lee says that her parents can’t afford the cost of the procedure; thus, she put herself up for sale to save her brother.
Translated by Jean Chen and edited by Angela.