Heartbroken father takes dying daughter to grave, lies with her everyday to “prepare her for death”


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A devastated father in China is making unusual preparation for her dying daughter by taking her to the grave and lying beside her everyday.

The 2-year-old daughter, named Zhang Xin Lei, has been diagnosed with thalassemia; a serious blood disorder.

The family has spent $20,000 for her treatment over the years but the staggering medical expenses has taken its toll on the family until their savings were depleted.

The father, Zhang Liyong, a farmer from Sichuan province in China, said they have borrowed money from almost everyone they know until there was no one left to borrow from anymore.

“We borrowed money from many, but they are no longer willing to lend us more,” the father said.

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They knew that without medical help, the adorable child’s life is in grave danger and her time is running out quickly.

Without much option left, Zhang said he dug a grave and took her daughter there everyday and lie beside her to prepare the daughter for her imminent death.

“I could only come up with this idea – bringing her to play at this place. This is where she will rest in peace. All I can do is accompanying her every day,” he said.

Doctors told them their blood don’t match their daughter’s so the couple decided to have a second child, but realized they won’t be able to afford the cost of the transplant.

The family’s heartbreaking story has touched many netizens in China. The local community reportedly offered to help raise fund but it remains to be seen whether the money that could be collected will be enough for the operation.

This article has been viewed 8405 times. Article originally posted: June 28, 2017, 3:34 pm (UTC-0). Last update: June 28, 2017 at 3:34 pm (UTC-0).

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