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Rare foreign organ donor praised in China
Published on: 2018-06-27
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Phillip Hancock is the first foreigner to be an organ donor in ChongqingPhillip Hancock had been working as an English teacher in China when he unexpectedly fell ill and died last month. The posthumous gift of the Australian's organs has been lauded in China, a nation with few foreign donors, and changed five lives.

Mr Hancock, 27, died from complications related to type 1 diabetes in the city of Chongqing on 9 May.

According to the Red Cross Society of China, he became Chongqing's first foreign organ donor and only the seventh in the nation's history.

Messages on social media praised Mr Hancocks generosityMr Hancock's liver and kidneys were used in three life-saving operations. His corneas helped two people to see again.

Organ donation remains uncommon in China, which has one of the lowest donor rates in the world.

Mr Hancock's gift struck a chord with many Chinese on social media, with some calling him a "hero" and an "angel".

4ddb74d418ea4172b43961f7fa0721dd'Wanted to help in whatever way'

Mr Hancock had lived in China for four years when he fell ill from diabetes-related complications. When his family flew to his side, they found him in a coma in hospital.

Doctors told them that his heart had temporarily stopped beating on the way to hospital.

Doctors told the family that his organs would deteriorate the longer he was kept on life support.

"Most people don't talk about organ donations when they're alive, but thankfully Phil did talk about it.

7b3dd667454640c0ad8a0cc50b3c760e"He had always thought that if he was ever in that situation, he would like his organs donated - whatever they could take - so he could help out in some way.

"He always wanted to help people in whatever way possible. That's why he wanted to be a teacher."

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