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Suicide victim’s organ donation wish denied in China

AFP-JIJI

A man who texted police in China to donate his body and organs to science before hanging himself was denied his final wish because he had not applied in advance, official media reported Wednesday.

“I have decided to donate my body and all my organs to charity. When you receive my message, I will already be dead. Sorry for bothering you,” the message was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency.

The man, surnamed Wang, was later found hanging from an air conditioning unit outside his house in Hangzhou, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, it reported. Two notes were found by his side. Wang, 30, suffered from muscular dystrophy. He felt he had suffered enough, but wanted to make a final contribution to society, Xinhua said.

“My last and biggest wish is to donate all my useful organs and body to charity. I hope you respect my choice,” one of the notes read. But the local branch of the Chinese Red Cross refused to accept the donation as Wang had not applied in advance or taken the necessary checkup.