Gao Xue is a 31-year-old woman living in a small village in Chong Qing. Now she becomes the center of a heated discussion online. when she decided to give up her own baby and husband for an unrelated baby she found on the street. She had an abortion when she is 5 months pregnant in order to concentrate on bringing up the adopted baby.
On a cold windy night on 2007 November, Gao Xue and her husband was on their way back home from work when they found an infant in the garbage. The baby boy had turned blue in the cold. "This baby is sick. He has been abandoned three times." the passing street cleaner told the couple. Looking at the baby, Gao Xue, who was 3-month pregnant, and her husband decided to take the baby back home and later named the baby Doudou.
Doudou was very sick. He refused to drink milk and seemed to have problem with breathing. Gao wanted to take Doudou to the hospital to check but her husband didn’t agree. Her husband even asked her to abandon Doudou as soon as possible.
Gao was very worried about Doudou. After several discussions with her husband with no result, she lied to her husband that she was sick and needed money to go to the hospital. She got 2000 yuan and immediately sent Doudou to the hospital. The result was not good. Doudou suffered many diseases, among others heart disease.
When her husband knew about that they had the first serious fight. But Gao insisted that she should keep Doudou. "He’s alive. He has been abandoned 3 times. Do you want him to lose his life?" Gao Xue said to her husband.
Because of the cold weather, Doudou caught pneumonia. "It takes money to go to the doctor. And he needs someone to take care of him. Once my baby is born, it would take even more money."Gao Xue said. She worried once the baby is born, she would have no time to take care of Doudou. Thus she made a decision which most people couldn’t understand or agree: She had an abortion.
"If you have the abortion, I’ll divorce you." Her husband said. "We can still have another baby. But once Doudou lose the chance of treatment, he would die." Gao tried to explain her decision to her husband. Their marriage was under pressure.
In March 2008, Gao Xue left Doudou to her mother. Her husband secretly "stole" Doudou and was going to abandon him at the entrance of the hospital. But Gao Xue found out and took Doudou back home.
Her husband still want to keep the marriage and told Gao Xue if she agreed to give up Doudou they can still be together. But Gao Xue refused, "You can take the house, all the money, I don’t want anything as long as Doudou is with me." They finally were divorced on July 2008. The house they bought together and all the savings went to her husband. She has only Doudou.
When asked about the reason for adopting Doudou, Gao Xue said, it has something to do with her personal experience. When she was young, her parents send away the youngest sister for economic reasons. The foster parents were very nice to her sister and gave all their savings 5000 yuan to her sister when they passed away. She wanted to be like the foster parents of her sister.
While some people and media praise Gao as being a great mother, that she sacrifices her marriage and her baby for Doudou, many hold a different opinion, especially with her abortion. Many people accuse her of being cruel and rather irresponsible to the unborn baby.