What this father is doing has gone viral.
For more advances that exist in the field of medicine, unfortunately there are many diseases that are incurable, some of them are caused by genetics (at the time of birth) or by not being detected in time.
Without a doubt, one of the most heartbreaking pains that parents can experience is knowing that a child will soon die from a terminal illness. As is the story of a father named Zhang Liyong, from China, who knows that his daughter will soon leave, as published in various media such as Mundo y salud, Debate, among others.
A diagnosis without a future
Zhang Ixinlei is a two-year-old girl, who daily in the company of her loving parents visits an unusual place to play (her grave). At two months old, Zhang was diagnosed with a disease known as thalassemia, a blood disorder that requires lifelong blood transfusions in order to live.
A heartbreaking action
Father Zhang Liyong, with a terrible pain in his soul and heart, dug a grave for his daughter, wishing that by taking her every day to play and lie in the hole, the little girl would become familiar with the place where she will soon rest forever . He is convinced that it is a way of teaching his daughter not to fear death.
Zhang has invested all his money to be able to save his daughter, in two years he managed to raise 100,000 yuan (+14 UDS) of funds for treatment, however: the debt is too extensive and impossible to continue financing it.
Resignation and acceptance
The only thing left for parents is to accept reality and wait for the departure of their great love (their daughter). The decision to dig the grave with his bare hands has given Zhang the strength to prepare himself emotionally and wait for the inevitable. “Here he will rest in peace,” declared the father.
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After work, the parents take their little girl to the grave: they lie down in the hole for a while, talk, sing, read a story, play with toys, and sometimes even their pet accompanies them.
An unfavorable solution
The parents hoped to be blood donors, however, none of them are compatible, they even considered the possibility of getting pregnant again and thus be able to obtain blood through the umbilical cord, but they did not consider that they are also expenses that they cannot cover.
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Mankind offers help
After spreading the story, millions of people have made donations to save the little girl. Parents still hope to receive a miracle and see their daughter completely healed.
What is that terrible disease?
Thalassemia is a blood disorder passed from parent to child, where the body produces an abnormal form of hemoglobin, causing the destruction of large amounts of red blood cells, causing anemia.
What is the cause?
It is an inherited defect, due to a defective gene from one or both parents.
They usually appear immediately or within the first years of life. Symptoms are: paleness, tiredness, low energy, weakness, fatigue, shortness of breath, poor appetite, dark urine, yellowing of the skin, slow growth, bone deformities in the face and swelling of the abdomen.
How can it be diagnosed?
With blood or DNA tests, they measure the number and size of red blood cells, the amount of iron in the blood, and genes that are missing or damaged.
Thalassemia has no cure, however there are treatments. It is usually treated with regular blood transfusions and folic acid supplements to help the body make red blood cells. In severe cases, the possibility of a bone marrow or stem cell transplant is considered.
It is important to carry out a genetic test, if you think you have thalassemia, especially if you want to have a child. Fortunately, there are many organizations to support people with this type of condition. Remember not to abandon the faith!