Chinese TV hostess dies after rejecting cancer treatment while pregnant to save unborn son
The sacrifice of a Chinese television presenter, who died of cancer after refusing chemotherapy treatment while pregnant to stop her unborn child being harmed – has touched the hearts of thousands of people on the mainland.
Qiu Yuanyuan, 26, from Zhengzhou, in the central province of Henan, died on Wednesday – exactly 100 days after giving birth to her son, Niannian.
The story of her selfless act has been one of the hottest topics on China’s microblogging site Weibo since yesterday, and reached more than 10 million views by this morning.
Thousands of Weibo users, moved by her great courage and love for her baby son, posted comments commemorating Qiu and wishing her son a long and healthy life on Qui’s Weibo page.
“After getting married, becoming a mother was her biggest wish,” Qiu’s husband, Zhang Qixuan, told the Zhengzhou Evening News.
“She chose to save our child; she understood that not everything in life can be perfect. And she said she had never regretted her decision.”
Qiu, who had hosted of a chess games show on Zhengzhou Television Station, learned she was pregnant in March.
However, her happiness was cut short after the results of a physical examination revealed that Qiu was suffering from a late-stage malignant tumour, the newspaper reported.
In order to prevent the baby being harmed by her chemotherapy, Qiu agreed to halt her treatment, which allowed the cancer to spread.
When Qiu’s condition deteriorated in September, she was admitted to hospital where her son, Niannian – then only seven months old – was delivered by Caesarean section. The boy weighed a little more than 1.5kg at the time of the birth, the report said.
Qiu then underwent an operation for the removal of the malignant tumour, but it came too late to save her.
Despite undergoing more than 20 days of chemotherapy, her doctors said the chances of her being cured were very low. They advised Qiu to halt her remaining therapy and return home to her baby son.
She died at her home on Wednesday evening, after her family held a feast to celebrate the baby’s 100th day since his birth – a traditional custom widely practiced by Chinese families.
The report said Qiu’s husband, who worked as a journalist at the same TV station as Qiu, was way from home when she died, and was unable to be with her at the time.
“Yuanyuan has passed away; the only thing I can do now is to take care our child and her family,” her husband was quoted as saying.
“I hope everyone can silently bless her and our child, and smile at life – just as Yuanyuan did.”