In an act of brotherly love, teen commits suicide to save his older brother’s lifeBy Mason White 2:10 PM January 26, 2014
|Honghui Gao in the hospital with his father|
By: Moses Gold
It was bittersweet for one family, when their teenage son committed suicide so his older brother’s life could be saved.
Hongtao Gao, 18, of Anhui, and his brother Honghui Gao, 20, were diagnosed with uremia, an illness which leads to kidney failure.
The young men suffered from pain caused by their disease.
They also suffered from the economic downturn, as their family was unable to pay for proper medical care.
Their parents, sold most of their belongings for the medical treatment and for the search of two matching kidneys to save their son’s lives.
Their father was not a match, so he was unable to donate his kidney. Their mother was not well enough, rendering her unable to donate.
Hongtao Gao no longer wanted to be a burden to his family.
In desperation, and out of love for his older brother, he ingested pesticides to end his life.
He was found with a note in his pocket saying: “Mom and Dad, I’m sorry, but I had to do this so I can save my brother.”
A note to his older brother read: “As long as you are cured in time, then I will be happy.”
The teen’s dying wish was honored and the kidney was successfully transplanted into his brother during a six hour surgery.
The older brother, who is now recovering, is happy to be healthy, but said: “I would be much happier if my brother was alive.”