Woman has abortion to save her older brother's life


Yang Li and Yang Jun 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A woman was forced to make a heartbreaking decision between saving her brother or her unborn baby.

24-year-old Yang Li of Hangzhou, China, was three months into her pregnancy when she was faced with the life-changing choice.

Li and her family made the difficult decision of giving up her unborn baby so she could provide bone marrow to her 29-year-old brother Yang Jun.

Jun was diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer that attacks the immune system.

The family was informed by doctors that the only way for Jun to survive was by having a bone marrow transplant.

Family members were tested and Li was identified as the perfect match.

However, doctors told Li that donating marrow during her pregnancy would have a significant negative effect on her child.

Li and her family were left to choose to either save her brother or keep her baby. Li discussed the issue with her husband, brother and her in-laws.


The decision was made to terminate the pregnancy in order to save her 29-year-old brother.

Li underwent the abortion and she is recovering at a hospital in Hangzhou. Once she fully recovers, doctors will proceed with the bone marrow transplant.

While many people on social media called her a hero, some criticized her for ending the life of her baby.