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Photo of Chinese Doctors Bowing to 11-Year-Old Boy

The Photo That Speaks Volumes About an 11-Year-Old Boy's Selfless Decision

If a picture's worth a thousand words, this one may be worth a million. We often think of tweens and teens as being a bit self-absorbed, but Liang Yaoyi is a great reminder of how selfless they can actually be. An 11-year-old boy from China, Yaoyi had an inoperable brain tumor and passed away last Friday. But before he died, Yaoyi told his parents that he wanted to donate his organs so other people could live. Yaoyi always dreamed of becoming a doctor and saving lives, and this was one way to fulfill his goal. Before doctors removed the boy's organs, they took a moment to bow by his body, a sign of respect in China, in a moment photographed here. The image has gone viral as the world learns of the boy's selfless decision.

"There are many people doing great things in the world," Yaoyi told his parents, according to the KTVU Facebook page. "They are great, and I want to be a great kid, too."

And a great kid he was.

Source: Facebook user FrankSomervilleKTVU

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DawnGooden DawnGooden 3 years

on this I agree with you. The duty is with the parents not the teachers, but it should be the teacher's job to ENHANCE the proper behavior that the parents SHOULD be teaching them. I am personally homeschooling my children because (here in FL anyway) the public school system sucks. My parents were teachers for many years and it is filled with nothing but politics, and under-appreciated teachers who just don't give a crap anymore.

I wish I could speak for more than just myself, but I work my ever-loving ass off every single day to raise my boys properly because not only do I want well-behaved and overall "good" children, but I don't want to become part of the statistic that my generation can't raise kids for crap, and that we are all just awful and horrible people.

Humans ARE selfish, self-absorbed, and downright cruel. However, not everyone is like that and I would hope that is one thing we can both agree on.

In light of all the horrible shit we go through on a daily basis this boy did something selfless and wonderful. A great example of how we all should be in some way or another. That was my point...this is the message we need to take away.

DawnGooden DawnGooden 3 years

I happen to have 2 very well-behaved children because I was raised in a home that valued respect and heaven forbid I crossed my parents. I was raised to be accountable for my actions, to treat everyone with decency, and carry myself in such a way that is appropriate and dignified. I raise my boys with the very same values. I am quite offended that just because of my OPINION you would call my parenting and character into question. That right there is childish and judgmental, and I find it pretty sad that you have to stoop to such a level because I do not agree with you.

YES, this is a harsh world with harsh truths, and horrible people, but why can't we just set that aside for 5 minutes and ENJOY a precious moment??? This child did something selfless, and was obviously raised with love, compassion, and respect. Any child raised with those core values will show them in their own lives, and this is a wonderful demonstration of that love. Not everything in our world is doom and gloom. Sure, he died that is definitely sad, but the focus here is on the fact that even as he was approaching death he still had enough love in his heart to share life with others. That is something special, and I only wish more people in my own generation had the same respect and compassion as this little boy did.

DawnGooden DawnGooden 3 years

I think the point that is being made here is that your comment was inappropriate, and irrelevant to the overall feeling and message of the story. There is no need to drag anything or anyone through the mud just because you felt it was relevant to make your point. Of course, we are all aware that there is an unfortunate decline in appropriate behavior among that age group. However, it was totally unnecessary to even bring it up here. This is what most people on the internet would call "trolling." I'll give you the benefit of the doubt...Intellectual trolling since you can obviously type correctly with full and complete sentences, and have rational thought compared to other trolls.

Nevertheless, it was an unnecessary comment. Let's just focus on the main point of the article--that this child did something remarkable that most people (even adults) wouldn't think to do while on their deathbed. Let's put the gloves away, OK?

Lauraiancu Lauraiancu 3 years

i love you Yaoyi. Thank you ! Thank you for helping others live. We shall see each other one day and I thank you in person : * )

anonymousanonymous anonymousanonymous 3 years

Well, if it's not a hoax, then this is truly awesome and I have to admit I cried. His family must be proud.

StephanieSoz StephanieSoz 3 years

Actually... "A history of certain kinds of cancer, particularly brain tumors, may allow for organ donation depending on the particular circumstances and how likely it is that a particular recipient may die if the organ is not used"

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