- Chinese parents have twins who are seriously ill
- The parents are poor and can't afford treatment for both
- They were forced to choose which one to take to hospital
A father and mother from Inner Mongolia in China have been forced to make a heartbreaking choice of which of their seriously ill twins to treat first.
Guojun and Xu Shijia reportedly had to use a lottery system to make the choice on Tuesday, May 9 because they only had money to take one to hospital.
Their twins Wen Yuan and Wen Bo are seven months old and both have congenital heart disease and pneumonia.
The elder brother, Wen Yuan, grabbed a piece of paper titled "go," which meant that he had won the right to be taken to hospital. Wen Bo remained with his grandmother.
The couple appealed through Chinese media on May 11 for well wishers to help.
To make matters worse, both parents are also unwell. Guojun was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016 while Xu has Leucoderma and one of her hands is disabled.
The parents have reportedly spent 200,000 yuan (Ksh2.9m) so far on basic treatment for their sons. Much of the money has come from a bank loan as well as contributions from relatives.
The couple was even forced to beg on the streets to raise money for their twins' treatment.
They tearfully left the younger twin home and travelled 2,831 kilometers to a medical center in Shanghai for Wen Yuan to be checked.
Fortunately, well wishers responded strongly to their appeal and they have now raised more than 800,000 yuan (Ksh11.9m). They have now arranged to bring the younger twin for treatment too.
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