Chinese mother ‘steals’ her own ID papers from parents to donate liver to save sick baby daughter

Woman had to keep surgery secret from her parents after they opposed the operation, according to TV report

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 April, 2018, 10:30am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 April, 2018, 11:31am

A young mother from central China secretly donated parts of her liver to her young daughter suffering from a rare disease without telling most of her family after her parents opposed the move, according to a television news report.

Jiang Liuxin, 22, from Yidu in Hubei province, had to steal her own ID documents from her parents to get approval for the transplant for her seven-month-old daughter on Friday in Shanghai, Yidu Television reported.

They had kept a close watch on the documents to prevent her from having the surgery.

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Jiang’s daughter was born in September suffering from jaundice. She was later diagnosed with a serious liver disease, the report said.

A transplant from a parent was deemed the best solution to treat the baby as her liver function deteriorated quickly after her birth.

But Jiang’s parents and other relatives all opposed the idea even though she had collected enough money to pay for the surgery. The report did not make clear why the parents objected, but suggested they may have feared the operation would harm the mother’s health.

“I pity my child and my parents pity me too, so they disagreed with the transplant,” Jiang told the television station.

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Jiang was determined to save her daughter and took her ID documents secretly when her parents were away from home.

“I’m really sorry to my parents, but I had no choice. My husband and I believe we need to take full responsibility for our daughter,” Jiang was quoted as saying. “I would try anything to save her,” she said.

The surgery was successful, but her daughter will still need further treatment, the report said.