A young woman in China made the decision to save her big brother’s life over the life of her unborn baby.

Yang Li, 24, from Hangzhou City, was 12 weeks into her pregnancy, when she decided to give up her child so that she could provide a bone marrow transplant for her brother, Yang Jun, 29, reports Daily Mail.

Mr Jun suffers from lymphoma – he was diagnosed in September 2015.

The doctors told the 29-year-old that his only chance of survival came in the form of a marrow transplant, to which followed the news that his sister, Ms Li, was a perfect match.

Sadly for the 24-year-old, after discussing the potential donation with experts, she was warned that donating marrow would have a significant negative effect on her child.

She was recommended to choose either her baby or her brother.

With the support of her husband and her in-laws, Ms Li made the impossible decision to save Yang Jun.

She recently underwent abortion surgery in Hangzhou and is recovering.

The doctors will perform the marrow transplant surgery in the near future as soon as Ms Li’s body is ready.

Opinions on Chinese social media have been polarising, with some labelling the woman a ‘hero’ and others criticising her decision.

The majority believe it cannot have been an easy decision to make.

Such a difficult choice. It must have been shattering for them all.

Share your comments below.

Image via Daily Mail

  • I hope her brother survives after her huge sacrifice or she may regret it later.
    She’s a very devoted sister to make such a tough decision.


  • I can’t imagine having to make such a choice. Not sure I could abort my baby, I’m not close with my brothers, so I guess it wouldn’t have been such a hard choice fir me


  • I wouldn’t have liked to be in her position. Difficult to know what the best decision is.
    But hopefully indeed this “sacrifice” will help the brother. And that she will be lucky enough to get pregnant again.


  • What an absolutely harrowing decision to make! I hope her brother makes a full recovery and that she is able to get pregnant again one day!


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