China recently found a God sent angel in an Australian native.
Philip Hancock, an English language teacher who had been living in China for four years now, was suffering from Type 1 diabetes and passed away from the affliction on 9th May.
And while Mr Hancock’s life could not be saved, he still proved to be a good Samaritan as he chose to donate his organs.
The Australian’s liver and kidneys were used in three life-saving operations while his corneas helped two people in restoring their eyesight.
Hancock’s deed was indeed vital for patients in a country like China where organ donors are few and far between and the Red Cross Society of China claims that Mr Philip is the first foreigner and only the seventh overall to have donated his vital organs after death in the Chinese regions of Chongqing.
Appreciation and gratitude filled messages flooded social media in the country who hailed Philip’s ‘gift, calling him a hero and an angel.
One online tribute particularly read: “You saved three lives and helped two others see. You’ll always be remembered.”
Hancock was already declared as brain dead and his family had to make the rather tough decision of withdrawing life support sooner, as it would have led to the deceased’s organs being damaged and hence unsuitable for transplants.
Incidentally, Phil had pledged his organs to be donated after his death and his family made sure his wish of ‘helping in whatever way’ was fulfilled.
Organ donation rates are among the lowest in China owing to a belief that the body should remain ‘complete’ after death and while organ donors have substantially increased in recent years in the country, the Government made efforts to publicise Hancock’s contribution in order to generate awareness among the general public about the importance of donating their organs after death.