This is the heart-breaking moment a cancer-stricken boy in China cried for his mother in his hospital bed after undergoing painful treatment.
But what the two-year-old didn’t know was that he had been abandoned by his mother, who no longer wanted to care for him because of his serious illness.
The bedridden boy, named Hu Haoyang, was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a rare form of liver cancer, over a year ago.
Two-year-old Hu Haoyang, from China, was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer
Nicknamed Yangyang, the toddler has undergone rounds of chemotherapy in the past year
His grandmother (left) and father (right) take care of Yangyang in the hospital every day
HEPATOBLASTOMA: THE FACTS
Hepatoblastoma is known to primarily affect children before the age of three. The rare disease is diagnosed in fewer than one in a million children.
It’s deemed to be a particularly aggressive form of cancer, spreading to other areas of the body very quickly.
The cause of the disease is unknown, but there are a few disorders that are known to increase the risk.
If caught early, surgery can be used to remove the cancerous cells – but it becomes untreatable when it metastasises.
Outlook depends on the extent of the disease, size and location of the tumour and how old the child is.
Source: Stanford Children’s Health
Yangyang was first diagnosed with hepatoblastoma in May, 2016, when his father found him having fever repeatedly.
He received three sections of chemotherapy and had two-thirds of his liver removed at a hospital in Shanghai.
Doctors then successfully cut the tumour for Yangyang.
However, the two-year-old suffered a cancer recurrence and suggested to have a liver transplant.
He was also transferred to a children’s hospital in Beijing in a bid for better treatment.
Yangyang’s father, Hu Xiaofei, struggled to afford the surgery fee. He had spent his 1 million yuan (£112,215) savings on the boy.
The family had also borrowed roughly 700,000 yuan (£78,550) from family, friends and loan sharks.
Hu told the reporter from Yi Photos that his wife had left the family last November when Yangyang was sent in for his first surgery.
Yangyang’s mother ran away with £22,470 in last November after knowing her son’s illness
A recurrent hepatoblastoma was found in Yangyang’s body during a checkup earlier this year
Yangyang’s mother also took away 200,000 yuan (£22,470) that was reserved for the medical treatment.
She returned the money as the family threatened her to report to the police.
But she left after a week and never come back.
Pictures emerged online showing the young Yangyang crying on the ward bed and looking for his mother.
Hu did not want to tell his son the truth and lied to him saying ‘Mother is out for work now.’
Yangyang has taken over 20 rounds of chemotherapy and nine operations up to date
Yangyang is now being taken care by his father and grandparents.
The two-year-old has already undergone over 20 rounds of chemotherapy and nine surgeries.
Hu said his son was very optimistic in facing the cancer that he will give him a smile before going in the operation room.
Yangyang’s story has caught Chinese citizens’s attention and a donation page was set up on September 13.
The donation has reached 91% to date, with an aim of 700,000 yuan (£78,592) till December 13.