Foreign expert in Hangzhou posthumously awarded Qianjiang Friendship Award

(safea.gov.cn) Updated: 2016-07-13

Foreign expert in Hangzhou posthumously awarded Qianjiang Friendship Award

Foreign expert in Hangzhou posthumously awarded Qianjiang Friendship Award

Foreign expert in Hangzhou posthumously awarded Qianjiang Friendship Award

Mark Osborne was a 49-year-old British man who lived in Hangzhou. After spending 118 days in bed due to an acute stroke, Mark died on July 29. He donated his corneas, kidney, heart, and liver to six Chinese people after his death.

The craziest thing Mark ever did was to abandon his life in Britain and come to Hangzhou to live with his Chinese wife. For the past six years, Mark had been an English teacher, and he loved his life in Hangzhou.

However, Mark suddenly felt uncomfortable and was sent to hospital in March, and he was diagnosed with acute stroke, which is a fatal illness.

Mark’s mother had heart transplant surgery 20 years ago, so Mark felt it was natural to donate organs to help others after death. His wife Ms. Wang helped him realize his wish after he passed away.

Mark’s donation moved millions in Hangzhou, and the government decided to present a Qianjiang Friendship Award, the highest award for foreign experts in Hangzhou, to Mark on June 30. This is the first time that the award has been presented posthumously.

The award is presented to ten foreign experts each year to honor their contributions to the city. The presentation of the award to Mark showed the gratitude of the citizens of Hangzhou.

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