A desperate father from rural China has dug a grave for his critically ill daughter to ‘prepare her for her death’. Mr Zhang Liyong, a farmer from Sichuan province, had spent all his savings treating the toddler, who was born with a serious blood disorder.
The father said he brings the two-year-old to play and rest at grave every day to get her ‘familiarised with her future burial space’. Little Xinlei was diagnosed with thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder, at two months old.
Mr Zhang and his family had spent over 100,000 yuan (£11,490) treating Xinlei, but they could no longer afford the medical bills.
We borrowed money from many, but they are no longer willing to lend us more’, Zhang said.
The couple thought of bearing another child to get the umbilical cord blood to save Xinlei. However, they realised the transplant wouldn’t be affordable after Zhang’s wife became pregnant. ‘We have been driven into a corner. There is no other option,’ Deng Min, the girl’s mother said.
They decided to give up the treatment and turned their focus on preparing Xin Lei for her death. ‘I could only come up with this idea – bringing her to play at this place. This is where she will rest in peace. All I can do is accompanying her every day,’ the father, Mr Zhang, said.
He hopes that Zhang Xinlei will feel comfortable with the grave and won’t be so fearful when the moment comes.