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Li Mingjin (R) and his daughter Siyao (L) walk towards their dwelling in Beijng, March 3, 2015. After Li was diagnosed with lung cancer, the whole family went to Beijing for treatment. However, they ran out of their savings after one month. So they went for a trial treatment which was risky but cost less and the first four times chemotherapy were free. In Beijing, they live in a rental apartment which cost RMB200 (USD32) per month. This place was going to be demolished soon.
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Li Mingjin walk towards his home as his family are preparing dinner, in their hometown Longjing village, Jintang county, Sichuan province. After the forth free chemotherapy, they had to go back to hometown because they didn't have money to continue Li's treatment.
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Li Mingjin, his wife Ning Xianfang (2nd L) and their daughters walk back home in their hometown Longjing village. Since Li got sick, Ning has been taking care of the whole family.
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Li Mingjin puts his hat on at home. He shaved his hair because of the chemotherapy. In winter, he feels cold without hair, so he always wears a hat. Li Mingjin had been working as a miner in Shanxi province for 19 years until November 2014 when he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
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Li Mingjin teaches 6-year-old Siyao writing. Siyao and her 4-year-old sister Mengmeng had to quit school because of financial issue.
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4-year-old Mengmeng sticks fake flowers into ground near her home.
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Ning Xianfang weeds the ground in front of their home.
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Li Mingjin and Ning Xianfang check Li's body scan as Mengmeng and Siyao come to watch, at home, in Longjing village, Jointing county, Sichuan province, China, March 6, 2015, the Chinese characters on the wall read "more luck".
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Ning Xianfang touches Li Mingjin's head trying to comfort him from pain.
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Ning Xianfang talks to neighbor about the plan of giving away a daughter in exchange of money. She asks if they know anyone want a daughter and would treat her well. According to Ning, Siyao and Mengmeng know a little bit about the plan. One day Siyao came to her mom and cried "don't sell me". But after few hours she came to her mom again and told her "Mom you can sell me. I'm the older one, I should be able to take care of myself. Just remember to buy me back when dad is cured and you have money."
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Siyao asked her father to touch her hand as Li Mingjin lies on the bed and held the bed edge tightly because of pain, on the train from Beijing to Chengdu, after the 4th free chemotherapy.
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Li Mingjin cries as he talks about his family situation during lunch, at home, in Longjing village, Jintang county, Sichuan province.
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A 84-year-old villager came to give Ning Xianfang 160rmb (USD 25) while his monthly living wage is 200rmb (USD 31).
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The village cadres talk with Li Mingjin asking about his situation and to see if there's a way of getting some living supplement.
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Li Mingjin writes application for minimum living allowance. However the process will take couple of months.
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Li Mingjin coughs when he and his family go out from local government. They go there to ask for financial help. The governor doesn't give a clear answer as the govenor says there are too many cases like him in the town who's the only labor in family and got seriously sick.
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Siyao stands on her father's back as she gives him a back massage because Li Mingjin is in pain.
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Li Mingjin and Ning Xianfang feed Siyao and Mengmeng food while they are watching cartoon.
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Li Mingjin and Ning Xianfang monitor and help Siyao and Mengmeng brush teeth, in front of their home
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Li Mingjin’s wife Ning Xianfang holds Siyao in her arm as Li Mingjin holds Mengmeng on the bed at home.
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Siyao looks back at her father at a train station in Chengdu as they went back to home from Beijing after the fourth free trial treatment, in Chengdu, Sichuan province.