When it comes to sacrificing something for our loved ones, there are people who can “move mountains” just to make life better for their family. Just like this 24-year-old girl whose story melted the hearts of many people after it became viral on social media.
Back in 2019, this story of an underweight girl who spent $ 0.30 a day on her food so her brother could afford medical treatment made rounds online and we are sorry to bring the sad news today that the girl has passed away due to sickness.
According to World of Buzz, the 24-year-old Chinese girl, Wu Huayan was a third-year economics student in a university in Guizhou. Her mother died when Wu was 4 years old while her father died in 2014 due to cirrhosis, leaving both Wu and her brother orphaned.
Being the eldest, Wu was left with the burden of taking care of her siblings. They had to live with only 1,290 yuan ($186) budget from the government every month. In order to cut down their living expenditures, she willingly sacrificed her breakfast and ate bread or rice with chili sauce for her lunch and dinner so she could limit her spending of only 2 yuan ($ .30) per day.
Wu’s unhealthy diet resulted in her loss of hair and eyebrows, lowered immunity system and swollen legs with pustules. She only weighed 21kg and 135cm tall at 24-years-old. However, she couldn’t afford the expensive medical bill to treat her condition and resorted to cheap medicine for herself.
Because of her declining health condition, Wu was forced to consult a doctor. She was diagnosed to have severe health conditions with 3 damaged valves in her heart. She needed 200,000 yuan ($ 29,000) for her medical expenses but she refused to undergo medical treatment.
Her friends and relatives couldn’t bear the sight of Wu’s sufferings and told Wu to start a crowdfund for her medical fee. After she posted her situation on a website, she received donations from many people and one of them even donated half of their monthly salary for her medical fee. She was very touched by the charity of strangers even though these kind people did not know Wu in person.
However, she was not able to undergo surgery because she weighed less than 30kg, and she passed away on 13th January 2020.
Before she left the world, she hoped that she could continue with her studies and earn a living with her own two hands, and lastly to celebrate Chinese New Year with her brother once she recovered from her illness.
May Wu’s story teaches us that although there is nothing wrong with thinking and doing what is best for the people we love, we should also think of ourselves so that we can be with them for a longer time.