HUBEI, CHINA – Ma, a 19-year-old high school student, worked as a construction worker to pay for his 3-year-old brother’s medical fees, who was suffering from leukemia.
According to Hupu, Ma came from an extremely poor village in Hubei province. Despite the condition, he wants to become a doctor so that he can find a cure for his brother.
Ma worked long hours at a construction site, carrying bricks and shoving sand, earning 100 yuan (S$20) per day.
Ma’s story was published by the Chinese media and it went viral online. Within 24 hours, samaritans donated 600,000 Yuan (S$122,000), an amount sufficient to cover the cost of his brother’s bone marrow transplant.
Summarized by Observer+ News