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Woman Remarries Ex-Husband with Cancer to Donate Liver to Him

Tian Xinbing is looking at his wife profoundly.

Su Dan and Tian Xinbing are in the hospital beds.

From NetEase:

Woman Remarries To Donate Liver to Husband with Cancer, Says Because I Love Him

October 31st, at the Beijing General Staff Headquarters Head Hospital (The 309th Hospital of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army), Su Dan donated 590 plus grams of her liver to her just remarried husband Tian Xinbing. In June this year, Su Dan and Tian Xinbing divorced. In August, Tian Xinbing was diagnosed with middle-advanced stage cirrhosis, accompanied with liver cancer, and was in need of a liver transplant. Facing the Institutional Review Board, Su Dan’s words “because I love him” moved the experts present, who approved [the transplantation] with a unanimous vote.

[Picture above] October 31st, before surgery, the husband gazed upon his wife profoundly. That day, at the Beijing General Staff Headquarters Head Hospital (The 309th Hospital of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army), Su Dan donated 590 plus grams of her liver, to bring the hope of life to Tian Xinbing.

Su Dan is in tears.

In June, the two had just divorced. But only two months later, Tian Xinbing was diagnosed with serious liver disease, and needed liver transplantation. Afterwards, Sun Dan went to get a physical examination on her own, and then spent another two weeks persuading her ex-husband to remarry her and accept her liver donation. When the Institutional Review Board asked her why, Su Dan replied in tears: “Because I love him.”

Sun Dan is being rolled into the operating room.

October 31st, Sun Dan being rolled into the operating room.

Su Dan is receiving the surgery.

October 31st, Su Dan receiving surgery.

Tian Xinbing is looking at his wife profoundly.

October 31st, before surgery, the husband gazed upon his wife profoundly. The doctor said that the two surgeries had both gone smoothly without requiring blood transfusion. However, Su Dan would still need about six months of time for the liver to slowly re-grow, and preventing the emergence of complications after surgery was extremely critical.

From QQ:

Woman Remarries To Donate Liver to Husband with Cancer, Says Because I Love Him

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Su Dan is an Inner Mongolian, while Tian Xinbing is from Henan. Having fallen in love and gotten married, the two of them have been together for almost 10 years, until this June. “We had a difference toward the planning of our company, after a big fight, and with one argument upon another, we got a divorce.”

After the divorce, they still temporarily lived under the same roof, in order to continue working together for the company they both opened.

“In fact, the divorce was very rash, and we probably would have gotten remarried after we had both calmed down. It’s just that this disease has quickened the pace for us to remarry,” Su Dan and Tian Xinbin said.

This August, Tian Xinbing was diagnosed with middle-advanced stage cirrhosis, accompanied liver cancer, and was in need of a liver transplant.

From the doctors, Su Dan learned that there was a liver shortage, and right now, just at Liberation Army 309 Hospital alone there were 10 patients waiting for liver donations.

But Tian Xinbing couldn’t wait, as his disease was getting worse by the moment.

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When Su Dan told Tian Xinbing that she was going to donate her liver, Tian Xinbing thought it was a joke.

But Su Dan was very serious about it. She dragged Tian Xinbing to the hospital, seeking consultations from the doctors. “I want to help him as soon as possible, and with the number of donor livers in such short supply, time is life.”

But Tian Xinbing refused.

“After all, donating liver has certain risks, so if something unexpected happens, not only will I not be cured, she’ll also have hurt her body, and our daughter is still so young.” Every time when Su Dan brought up this topic, he’d stop talking.

Su Dan knew, Tian Xinbing refused her because he was worried of the risks to her. But she also knew, this risk was one she had to take.

She talked with Tian Xinbing about their daughter, and said that their daughter was too young to live without a father. She also brought up Tian Xinbing’s parents, saying it wasn’t right for them to attend their son’s funeral. She also talked about their life together, that she still loved that non-smoking, non-drinking Tian Xinbing who has nearly climbed all the mountains around Beijing. That Tian Xinbing gave her a reason to love life. “I’ve gotten used to relying on you, and without you, I’d lose confidence in life.”

Behind Tian Xinbing’s back, Su Dan went to the hospital to a physical examination on her own.

With the test report, she told Tian Xinbing: “I match the requirements for being a donor, as long as we remarry.”

Su Dan’s parents also came to help persuade their former son-in-law. Up to the moment their daughter was being rolled into the operating room, they were still saying that Tian Xinbing was like their own son. “This decision of our daughter’s is very selfless, and we support her.”

“Even with only a 20% to 30% percent chance of success, she still wants to risk it with em. I’m truly deeply moved.” After two weeks of persuasion, Tian Xinbing had finally accepted Su Dan’s proposal.

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Beijing News: Since you two have already divorced, why are you still willing to take this risk for him?

Su Dan: Marriage is not a form, it’s the contents that matters, it can’t be explained through a divorce certificate or a marriage certificate. We have gotten involved together in so many ways, child, parents, family members, emotions, each others’ memories. It has become a kinship. If I don’t do it, I’d feel troubled inside.

Beijing News: The surgery removes a part of your body, have you been afraid?

Su Dan: We witnessed a example at another hospital, where a man ultimately died from an infection after surgery. This is something we personally experienced, where just previously he was still talking and joking with us, but after surgery, so quickly passed away, so it was still very much a shock. But I want to fight this, and I really look forward to this surgery giving my husband a new life, and get rid of his diseased liver. I have found myself some inner support. We must go on together, because after all, he’s the father of our child whom I’ve lived with all day for 10 years.

Beijing News: What sort of inner support did you find for yourself?

Su Dan: I think mentality is very important. It isn’t just me giving him encouragement, but him also giving me courage. After the diagnosis, he only moped around in the beginning for the first few days, but very quickly he returned to his normal self, even smiling and laughing when watching TV. I don’t know why myself, but I just think that giving, to this kind of person, would be very worthwhile, a person who is a true man.

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Comments from QQ:

腾讯网友 919160646:

True love is forever! Hope you live happily ever after. Recover soon.

腾讯网友 若水含冰:

If the woman is sick, would her husband do the same?

腾讯网友 麒麟产业:

Nonsense… this kind of report is only for [the author] making a contribution fee… and there’s no need for comments either… Overall, the man’s liver problem is the outcome of suffering from his wife’s bad temper… she donated to free her conscience from condemnation… Why did they get divorced? There’s nothing without a cause in the world…

腾讯甘肃省网友 七七: (responding to above)

How can there be a person like you, so dark in the heart?

腾讯网友 一切都好!:

If it was my wife, she’d run away faster than a rabbit.

腾讯网友 冰: (responding to above)

If your wife was ill and was in need of your donation, you’d run away faster than a rabbit’s dad.

腾讯盐城市网友 阿东:

I shed tears after reading this!!! This woman is so great/mighty… I feel the greatness, the selflessness, and motherly splendor of women in a moment of crisis! Sigh… we all need a purification of the soul! Salute to this woman.

腾讯网友 冬日芳菲:

Su Dan: Marriage is not a form, it’s the contents that matters, it can’t be explained through a divorce certificate or a marriage certificate. We have gotten involved together in so many ways, child, parents, family members, emotions, each others’ memories. It has become a kinship. If I don’t do it, I’d feel troubled inside.
I relate to this passage very much.

腾讯网友 一生平安:

Because of love, true love reveals itself at the time of misfortune, with love, there is hope. I’m so moved, I hope all men treat their wives well.

腾讯网友 高山流水:

Very touched. There’s real love in the world. May good people be safe always.

腾讯网友 三生缘:

I’m so touched that my tears are running. I pray for them, hope they recover soon, and live happily!

腾讯网友 724985999:

Love is great, hope you recover soon. Love is forever, hope you grow old with each other.

What do you think? Have you ever been a donor? Do you think you would be able to do the same thing this woman has done when the time comes?

Written by Peter Barefoot

Peter is a born and raised Chengdunese who enjoys drinking with all his friends.

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