Doctors bow in tribute to 11-year-old organ donor


Liang Yaoyi

While the boy’s mother weeps in the background, doctors surround 11-year-old Liang Yaoyi’s gurney and bow.

Moments later, the body was rushed into surgery so that the child’s organs could be used to save desperately sick transplant patients, in accordance with his wishes.

The moving shot was taken last month at Zhongshan University Hospital, China, where schoolboy Liang died of brain cancer.

Despite his traumatic battle with the disease, Liang’s final thoughts were for the lives of others. His last request was that his organs be donated.

The youngster, from Shenzhen, near the border with Hong Kong, stunned his grief-stricken parents with his insistence that his body be used to help patients in urgent need of transplants, a request which belied a maturity far beyond his years.

Liang’s gesture is all the more impressive because voluntary organ donation is a relatively new concept in China. The first national organ registry was set up in 2010 – until then, the majority of organs for transplant came from executed prisoners.

At first, CCTV reports, his parents were opposed to the idea, but they came to understand why their son, aware that he would never fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor, wanted to use his final act on earth to save lives in another way.

When he finally lost his fight against the devastating disease, there was little time for grieving. Medics had no choice but to get him into surgery as quickly as possible in order to remove his kidneys and liver.

Nevertheless, Liang’s doctors still made time to pay tribute their selfless patient, taking a moment to bow three times before the gurney, an act traditionally performed at Chinese funerals to honor the dead.

Just eight hours after his death, Liang got his wish – his kidney and liver had already been used to save the lives of two people.

The UK is also in urgent need of organ donors, with NHS waiting times as long as three years for some operations

$8000 raised in 2014!

It is my profound honor and privilege to announce that I just wrote out a check in the amount of $8000.00 to the LifeNet Health Foundation as the donation from this year’s race! This is the largest single donation in the history of the Point of Honor 5K! In seven years, that brings the total donations up to $40,000 that this race has generated to be used to further the efforts of organ and tissue donation in Virginia! My thanks goes out to everyone that has played a part in making this happen! Not just this year, but EVERY year! Sponsors, volunteers, athletes….you all are the best and without you there would be no Point of Honor 5K! God willing, I will see you all again on Saturday, April 4, 2015 for the 8th Annual Point of Honor 5K!


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Len Geiger

Len Geiger, holding a framed photograph of my daughter, Korinne Ashley Shroyer. Both of Korinne’s lungs were donated to Len in May 2002. Len will be at the Point of Honor 5K & Youth Mini-Mile this Saturday, a race benefitting organ donation!
Len Geiger

The Donate Life Virginia dragster!

The Donate Life Virginia dragster will be in Lynchburg this Saturday at the Point of Honor 5K & Youth Mini-Mile! Come see it and run (or walk) the Point of Honor 5K in support of organ donation! Thank you Snyder Motorsports!
The Donate Life Virginia dragster!