Heartwarming stories on Children's Day

2016-06-03 14:13:06 | From:http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-06/03/content_25603517.htm

A woman surnamed Liu, who stole a fried chicken drumstick and a storybook as a gift for her sick daughter, makes a phone call in the tiny room she rented in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on Wednesday. [Photo by Duan Renhui/China Daily]

Would-be thief ends up stealing people's hearts

A mother who was caught stealing a fried chicken drumstick and a storybook as a gift for her sick daughter on International Children's Day has ended up warming the hearts of the public.

The woman, surnamed Liu, was stopped by supermarket staff in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on Tuesday evening, the day before Children's Day.

But after she told her story to police, they decided to raise money for the mother and her twin daughters.

"It was the first time that I'd ever given money to a thief," police officer Pan Shunqin said in a post on WeChat after taking the woman to the police station.

Liu, 36, gave birth to the girls in 2009. Both were diagnosed with a kidney disorder when they were 18 months old. The girls' father left because of the economic burden.

She earns 30 to 40 yuan ($4.60 to $6.15) per day working at a garbage sorting station, but she must spend around 3,000 yuan for the girls' medical bills each month and is heavily in debt.

In late May, Liu took one of the girls to a Nanjing hospital. To save money, they stayed in a tiny room that cost 30 yuan per day, instead of in the hospital.

The sick girl said that her Children's Day wish was a chicken drumstick, but the mom had used up most of the money she had borrowed from relatives. She only had 5 yuan in her pocket, and a chicken drumstick cost 7 yuan at the supermarket.

She hid the stolen drumstick in her clothes, along with more food and a storybook that her daughter had dreamed of for months.

Pan said the amount of money involved in the case-about 90 yuan-was far too low to consider it a crime, so she was released that night.

However, he was bombarded with donations after he posted the message on WeChat. He has received around 50,000 yuan from colleagues and friends, as well as more than 300,000 yuan from strangers.

"We'll decide whether we'll restart the online donation channel for the twins after the doctors' professional assessment of their physical condition. The money that has been raised is enough for now," Sina Jiangsu, a public account on Sina Weibo and the initiator of the microblog fundraising campaign, posted on Wednesday night.


Li Shixian donates his liver to save his daughter's life on June 1, 2016. [Photo/Beijing News]

Father donates liver to 7-month-old daughter

Seven-month-old Li Siyun received a special gift on Children's Day – a part of her father's liver.

Li is the first child of Yan Hongmei and Li Shixian, a couple from Bijie, Southwest China's Guizhou province, who work in Anhui province.

Nearly one month after Li's birth, the girl's facial skin turned sullen and she suffered from a swollen belly and difficulty in her bowel movements. In a hospital in Shanghai, she was diagnosed with congenital biliary atresia.

Doctor suggested a conservative therapy because the girl was too small and surgery could only be carried out when she was heavier.

To cure their daughter, the couple was left heavily in debt, which almost pushed them to give up.

"Even if a surgery is successful, my kid needs to take (anti-rejection) medicine for the rest of her life. I am afraid we can't give her a good life,” said the girl's mother.

With the help from a charity fund, the couple decided to save the baby's life through donating their liver. After a compatibility test, Li Shixian's liver was matched with his daughter's.

On Children's Day, the operation was conducted in the General Hospital of Armed Police in Beijing. One fourth of Li's liver was transplanted into the body of his daughter. After the surgery, the baby is in stable condition.

A doctor said, "Li Shixian's liver will be regenerated in two months and his life will not be affected.”


The child crew of Xiamen airline serves on board, June 1, 2016. [Photo/IC]

Child crew serves flight to Xi'an

Four children in air attendants' costumes appeared during a flight from Xiamen, East China's Fujian province, to Xi'an, Northwest China's Shaanxi province, by Xiamen Airline on May 29, which surprised and excited all the passengers on board.

The youngest of them is only four years old, while the eldest one is eight.

After checking that all passengers' safety belts were fastened, the child attendants began to hand out lollipops and milk bottles to passengers. The inflight food served was also packaged with cartoon images.

Xiamen Airlines held the same activity during a flight from Xiamen to Kunming, South China's Yunnan province, on Children's Day.


A traffic policeman dresses a child in his own raincoat, when he got lost from his grandma in Jinhua, Zhejiang province, June 1, 2016 . [Photo from weibo]

A helping hand on a rainy Children's Day

A heart-warming photo of a traffic policeman and a child dressed in the former's raincoat hit Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter on Wednesday.

The traffic policeman, surnamed Zhang, found a child crying in the rain on the street of Jinhua, East China's Zhejiang province, and dressed the child in his own raincoat.

Understanding that child strayed from his grandma, he helped the child reunite with his family.

Many Weibo users found the photo touching and gave him a thumbs up.

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