More Care for ALS Pa­tients

China Youth Daily Oc­to­ber 16

Beijing Review - - This Week -

Lou Tao, a doc­toral can­di­date at Pek­ing Univer­sity, has suf­fered pro­gres­sive paral­y­sis since she was di­ag­nosed with amy­otrophic lat­eral scle­ro­sis (ALS) last Jan­uary. As the in­cur­able dis­ease grad­u­ally took over her body, Lou de­cided to donate her brain to med­i­cal re­search af­ter death. On Oc­to­ber 9, Lou’s mother fin­ished the or­gan do­na­tion reg­is­tra­tion at a hospi­tal in Wuhan, Hubei Prov­ince, for her daugh­ter.

Do­nat­ing one’s or­gans is a way to ex­tend oth­ers’ lives. In China, the do­nat­ing rate rose from 0.03 per mil­lion peo­ple in 2010 to 2.98 in 2016. How­ever, the rate still falls far be­hind ac­tual de­mand for hu­man or­gans. Lou’s do­na­tion un­doubt­edly de­liv­ers a pos­i­tive mes­sage to so­ci­ety. Mean­while, Lou her­self has ben­e­fited from the whole nation’s care and love, as the pub­lic has do­nated over 1 mil­lion yuan ($151,000) for her med­i­cal ex­penses.

Lou’s ac­tion not only in­spires peo­ple to be more gen­er­ous in or­gan do­na­tion, but also brings more at­ten­tion to ALS pa­tients and the plight they suf­fer. To most peo­ple, ALS is a strange but fatal dis­ease. About 90 per­cent of those who con­tract the dis­ease die within five years af­ter the symp­toms ap­pear.

The gov­ern­ment and so­ci­ety should take mea­sures to help ALS pa­tients, such as re­search­ing af­ford­able medicines and im­prov­ing hospice care for them. Maybe med­i­cal sci­ence can’t cure the dis­ease yet, but love can re­lieve the pain.

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