Boy eats 5 meals a day to help save his father's life

An 11-year-old boy has taken up a mission to save his father's life in an unexpected way -- by eating as much as he possibly can.

The father was diagnosed with leukemia 7 years ago, and is now in need of a bone marrow transplant, and the hospital will only do it if the donor is a certain weight (at least 99 pounds), according to, and the heavier the weight, the better.

Lu Zikuan, the oldest son in the family, from Huixian, Central China's Henan province, is now gaining weight as quickly as possible to meet the requirement.

He has ballooned to 95 pounds from 66 pounds since March, when the bone marrow from the boy successfully matched that of his father.

"Even if it hurts, I'll still eat," Lu said. "Our family couldn't bear the loss of my dad."

Zikuan has been eating 5 meals a day- mainly fatty meat with rice. His mother relies on discounted meat from the grocery store she works at.

As Zikuan began to put on weight, some of his fellow classmates called him pangzi (fat), his teacher Zhao Meng-meng said.

But they stopped after discovering why he was getting bigger.

Zikuan said he was not angry about being called fat. "Save dad first, lose weight later," he told local media.

The school is fundraising to help his family.

(Story from Sky News)