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Doctors Honor 11-Year-Old's Selfless Act in Viral Photo


Liang Yaoyi was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 9 years old. Two years later, the young man from Shenzhen, China, passed away — but not before telling his mother, Li Qun, something important.

There are many people doing great things in the world,” he said, according to China Daily. “They are great, and I want to be a great kid too.”

He went on to say that he’d like to be an organ donor — to help others and to be “alive in another way,” CCTV News reported. With his family’s permission, doctors at Zhongshan Hospital fulfilled the 11-year-old’s wish after his death on June 6. A powerful photograph of the doctors bowing to Liang then hit the Internet.

Liang’s kidney and liver were transplanted to new patients shortly after, according to China Daily.

If you’re interested in becoming an organ donor in the U.S., head here.

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