A Russian woman who died the same day she was reunited with her Chinese husband after a three-year separation due to the coronavirus pandemic has donated her organs to four people in China and has been hailed on social media.
Organ transplant operations took place earlier this month in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, southern China, as doctors successfully transplanted the 30-year-old woman’s liver and kidneys. years on four people, reported the Beijing Youth Daily.
The woman’s liver was split into two parts and given to a teenager with liver failure and an adult with liver cancer, and her kidneys were given to two patients with uremia. This is believed to be the first organ donation in China by a Russian citizen.
The donor, identified by her first name Nika, met her husband, nicknamed Ouyang, 38, in 2018 in China where both worked in the music industry.
They married in April 2019, then traveled to Russia in September of the same year to visit Nika’s mother. Ouyang soon returned to China, with Nika planning to follow a few months later.
However, Nika’s trip was delayed until just this year after China introduced extreme travel restrictions following the Covid-19 outbreak.
The couple finally reunited at the end of October this year in Nanning in an emotional reunion.
“We both cried and hugged for five minutes,” Ouyang said. “I was happy, extremely happy. However, a tragedy occurred on the way back.
Ouyang said that while they were driving on a highway, his wife suddenly had difficulty breathing. He drove her to a nearby hospital where doctors diagnosed Nika with cardiac arrest caused by a massive pulmonary embolism and said there was “no hope” of recovery.
Unwilling to give up, Ouyang drove Nika to a larger hospital in Nanning, about 150 km away.
“She was in a coma after her symptoms started to appear. She didn’t say a word,” Ouyang said.
He said his wife had not been healthy since childhood and the embolism developed during the long flight she had to take back to China.
Ouyang said he had previously discussed organ donation with his wife, fearing he would die sooner than her. He said that Nika had agreed to donate her organs after her death.
Nanning Hospital also sought consent from Nika’s mother in Russia, and Ouyang spoke with her mother in a video call ahead of the transplant surgeries.
“I said, ‘Mom, you could insult me. You might resent me. But her mother only said it was Nika’s choice,” Ouyang said. “I can really feel that my wife loved me so much that she chose to come to China to see me at the risk of losing her life.”
Ouyang said Nika was a kind-hearted person. “I felt relaxed with her and learned a lot from her,” he said. “We looked forward to our future. We thought we had to work hard to live together, whether in Russia or China.
Nika’s story moved many netizens on mainland Chinese social media.
“May there be love in heaven for this lady,” one person wrote on Baidu.
Another user said, “What a nice Russian girl! Rest in peace. Thanks! The Chinese will not forget you.
“It’s such a tragic story. It’s too hard to accept this ending,” read a third comment.