Condition of organ donating Ph. D student remains stable

Updated 2017-10-22 14:02:55 chinaplus.cri.cn
Lou Tao, a patient with motor neuron disease in Wuhan, uses an eye movement monitoring system to communicate with others. (File photo: Xinhua)

Lou Tao, a patient with motor neuron disease in Wuhan, uses an eye movement monitoring system to communicate with others. (File photo: Xinhua)

The condition of Lou Tao, a patient with motor neuron disease in Wuhan, Hubei Province, who had agreed to donate her organs, remains stable, Beijing Youth Daily reported.

After days of emergency treatment in hospital, the 29-year-old has woken up from deep sedation and can communicate with other people through an eye movement monitoring system provided by a non-profit organization.

Through the system, Lou even sent a message to her friend on WeChat, a Chinese social messaging app, on Thursday.

Lou was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2016 while she was studying for a Ph.D. at Peking University.

She lost the ability to speak at the beginning of this year, and her parents can only judge her intentions by her mouth shapes.

"After I pass away, I want to donate my head for medical study and hope motor neuron disease can be cured soon so that those suffer from this disease will not be in pain," Lou said in her will, which has been published online.

Earlier this month, Lou was admitted to the ICU in a Wuhan hospital after losing the ability to breathe and move.

Lou's story has gained a lot of attention online, and many people have contacted her parents to offer their help.

Lou's parents have since said that they are still hoping for a miracle and will not give up on her.

So far, three medical experts from Beijing have traveled to Wuhan to work on Lou's treatment plans. A blood research institute in Anhui Province is also studying her blood to see if there is any possibility her condition was caused by a virus or poison.

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