Poignant video of cancer-stricken mom making last meal for son leaves internet heartbroken
DALIAN, CHINA: A man in China who filmed his mother cooking him a final meal as she was dying from cancer has gone viral on social media. The vlogger surnamed Deng filmed a video of his cancer-stricken mother shortly before she died and it has been viewed online hundreds of thousands of times.
The heartwarming clip was captured by a Chinese vlogger from Dalian in northeast China. Deng, who is in his 20s, published it on Douyin on Saturday, October 29, SAYS reported. The video has left social media users heartbroken and has garnered more than 80,000 likes.
With the Chinese folk song 'Farewell' playing in the background, the emotional video captures Deng’s bareheaded mother in comfy pajamas, preparing what appears to be some kind of soup. The post was captioned, “Mum, rest in peace. There’s nothing I can’t overcome anymore.”
Deng said his mother, who was diagnosed with cancer in February this year, was in a frail state after three rounds of chemotherapy but she still powered through to deliver her son one last meal cooked by her. He said she never told her family about the vicious death fearing they would worry.
He also added that days after her last chemotherapy, one day she suddenly got up and asked him what he wants to eat. “She asked me to go to the market with her. We bought kelp, potatoes, and meat. After returning home, she went to the kitchen to cook,” Deng told South China Morning Post. “While she was cooking in the kitchen, I was sitting in the living room. I couldn’t stop crying seeing the sight of her back,” he said. “She was already very feeble, but she still cooked for me. She was gasping for breath and took a rest for a long time after cooking.”
Deng said the quality of her food did not suffer one bit “The taste was the same as before. I ate all the food at that dinner. I will remember those tastes forever,” said Deng.
Talking about his mother’s saddening death, “Perhaps my mother knew that I am a vlogger and this video is the last gift she gave me,”
The emotional video was re-shared on Reddit, where users flooded the comments section of the post with condolences messages and shared their personal stories of final culinary memories with a loved one.
“My mother is sick and doctors say she won’t make it, I came here to get away from it, and ended up crying and sobbing silently while she is sleeping in the next room. I love her so much.” Wrote one user. “I'm so, so sorry. Losing a parent is something that happens to most people, but that doesn't make it hurt any damn less. Be as upset as you need to be. Please be gentle with yourself.” Wrote another user.
“Bless this world. I haven't cried for a long time and after watching all these videos I'm just so happy thank you for this I haven't felt so happy in a while bless all of you” third user said while another user arrested, "I have considered myself blessed to have had lost loved ones in my life. Through the emptiness and sadness, I understand that I am a better person because of their love. Bless you, in your time of loss.”
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