Terminally ill patient has dream come true at graduation

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Photo courtesy of Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital

Photo courtesy of Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital

Taipei, July 17 (CNA) A terminally ill patient had his dream come true when he graduated from a Chiayi school from his hospital bed last week.

Hsu Fu-hsiung (許富雄), 73, started kidney dialysis six years ago. He was admitted to Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital in Chiayi early this month after a fall, his son, Hsu Meng-lin (許夢麟), said.

The son said his father's blood pressure became unstable when undergoing kidney dialysis, and his body could no longer tolerate it. His father agreed to cease dialysis and moved to a palliative ward on July 11.

Hospital officials said that according to their experience, a terminal kidney patient can only survive for one or two weeks after stopping dialysis.

The son said his father had attended Chang Tai school (長泰老學堂) for the past six years, but was kept from attending due to his condition.

Hsu therefore asked the school and the hospital to hold a "graduation ceremony" for his father.

The staff of the school brought a graduation cap and gown, as well as graduation certificate, to Hsu's hospital bed, and presented him with a bouqet of flowers July 14.

The junior Hsu said his father has been very happy at the school, and the staff arranged various classes for him, which have not only helped his father maintain cognitive function, but have also helped his physical condition by slowing the aging process.

(By Huang Kuo-fang and Lilian Wu)
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