Zhao Yunlan felt someone caught him around the waist when his knees buckled and his body rushed forward to meet the hospital floor. It had been five days since Shen Wei battled the ill effects of aplastic anaemia. His treatments were failing and there was no sign of a suitable marrow donor. Zhao Yunlan looked up over his shoulder at his father, sadness and concern written over his face. His grip tightened around his son, as he brought his only child back to his feet slowly.
“Sleep and rest, Yunlan. For Shen Wei.”
Finally, after five long days, he did.