A father in China has “found” a special place to bring her two-year-old daughter for everyday playtime, the unlikeliest of places to have some fun- a grave site. Unfortunately, and heartbreakingly also, the father brings his girl to her own “future” grave site as she if fighting a serious illness, and the family is almost giving up on her chances of survival due to lack of resources.
Zhang Liyong and his wife felt they have done everything they could to keep their little daughter Xinlei alive. However, they have depleted their resources and has no one else to turn to for help anymore. They think they can no longer afford the girl’s medical care, and so dad brings her daughter to play in her future grave site “to remove her fear of dying”. It’s his odd way of preparing her daughter when the inevitable arrives.
Little Xinlei is suffering from thalassemia, a potentially deadly blood disorder. The parents have so far spent nearly $15,000 for the child’s treatment. They no longer have money left to sustain the girl’s medical care, nor could they find anyone to help them with their situation. Heart-broken Zhang, a resident of Neijiang city, southwest China, dug the grave to protect the family’s deeply sad situation.
Zhang said in a media interview: “We borrowed money from many, but they are no longer willing to lend us more.” He brings Xinlei to play and rest at the grave every day to “familiarize her with her future burial space” so that she won’t be afraid when the time comes.
Zhang added: “I could only come up with this idea- bringing her to play at this place. This is where she will rest in peace. All I can do is accompany her every day.”
Zhang and wife are having another child to get the umbilical cord blood for a transplant to save Xinlei. They realized, however, that they would not be able to afford the transplant after the wife, Deng Min, became pregnant. She hopelessly said: “We have been driven to a corner. There is no other option.”
People with thalassemia produce either no or too little hemoglobin, which is used by red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body. It should be treated with regular blood transfusions and medication.