The Choice Between Life and Death
(Minghui.org) I had the opportunity to witness the reality that people are sometimes faced with making a choice between life and death. These choices can lead to very different outcomes: One case was a man in his 80's who now feels younger each day; the other involved a middle-aged man who died from an illness.
The above mentioned elderly man was the brother of my longtime friend. He is 81 years old, was never educated and lives in a rural area. Three years ago, he was diagnosed with late stage lung cancer. Doctors were unable to treat him; he was discharged from a hospital and the family was informed that it would be a miracle if he could survive another year. It was suggested that he be given whatever he wanted. At that time, the old man could not eat and had difficulty breathing. My friend then asked his brother to repeat “Falun Dafa is good! Zhen-Shan-Ren is good!" He listened and repeated the words sincerely. The whole family then followed suit. A week later, I received a phone call from my friend and was told that her brother was recovering: He could sit-up and regained his appetite. A month later, he could ride a bike and take care of both household and outdoor chores. He could now do almost everything, and he continued to sincerely repeat "Falun Dafa is good! Zhen-Shan-Ren is good! " All the people in his village knew his story.
On the other hand, I had a forty-eight-year-old male colleague, who was an executive manager in a foreign company. He was very handsome, confident and used to be very healthy. He would take annual physical exams through the company, and everything was normal until the end of 2011. He began having a persistent low-grade fever, and it did not get better after taking medication. During the New Year holidays, he made a special trip to a Guangzhou hospital for some tests and was diagnosed with late stage liver cancer. The doctors recommended having an immediate liver transplant which could extend his life for at least a dozen years.
I wanted to invite my friend’s brother to his house and let the elderly man share his life and death experience with him. But my colleague refused, saying “he only believes in science.”
After the New Year, we were told that his liver transplant was a success. Everyone was wondering how he was able to find a match in less than 2 weeks. I frequently used the program that breaks through the CCP's Internet blockade to watch the news from outside of China. I knew about the organ harvesting allegations and thought that his liver might have come from an imprisoned Falun Gong practitioner. My colleague also told us that on the day that he had the liver transplant, five or six transplantation surgeries were being conducted in the same place. When I asked him about the donor, he was not willing to talk and told me that he had been bound by a confidentiality agreement he signed with the hospital. Although the circumstances did not seem normal, he made a quick recovery, and we decided to keep our mouths shut.
After the surgery, he rested at home, gained some weight and exercised in the park. According to the experts he met, a liver transplant survivor could live more than a dozen years. So he was very confident. In the meantime, another colleague of mine attempted to give him a Shen Yun DVD, but he refused and said, “I am not going to watch or read anything from Falun Gong.”
On December 5, I was informed his condition had taken a turn for the worse. He was transferred from Guangzhou hospital back to our local hospital. He looked totally different than when we saw him 6 months ago, having been reduced to skin and bones and wearing an oxygen mask. He looked horrible and completely helpless. A colleague suggested, "You should learn Falun Gong. Forget about the CCP. Saving your life is more important.” At that time, he continued to say that he only believed in science. He died three days later.
In thinking about the root cause of this tragedy, I concluded he was the victim of the CCP's atheism.