Couple Begs Doctors To Let Their 4-year-old Daughter Die
The parents of four-year-old cancer stricken Zhao Zihan say their daughter is 'suffering all the time' and have begged officials to allow her life to be ended.
Zhao Zihan was diagnosed two years ago with cancer in the retina of her eye.
Since then her parents said her life has been a nightmare of hospital visits and painful medical treatment.
Despite having her left eye removed, the cancer remained in her body and she now has a massive and extremely painful growth on the side of her neck.
Dad Zhao Lipeng, 27, said: "We can't bear to see her like this anymore.
"She is suffering all the time, and we have taken her every hospital and every specialist that we could, and everyone has told us it incurable. There is no hope."
The hospitals the youngster has been taken to include Beijing's Tongren Hospital, which specialises in Ophthalmology, were medics confirmed that the girl's condition was incurable and would be terminal.
Mr Lipeng said that as a result of an incredibly painful and difficult process he and his 25-year-old wife Lili, from north-western China's Shaanxi Province, had decided they wanted to end her suffering instead of dragging it out, even though it would break their hearts.
He said: "We want her to leave this life peacefully, not in agony."
Euthanasia is illegal under current Chinese law, although recent surveys have shown that more than two-thirds of people in the country have a tolerant attitude towards the practice.