Derek Chang (張軒睿), who shot to fame following his starring appearances in the dramas Prince of Wolf <狼王子> and My Dear Boy <我的男孩>, has recently released his debut book Remember the Boy’s Face <記得男孩的樣子>, an autobiography and photobook.
The photobook did its job to deliver the fanservice, and in one photoshoot, Derek revealed a long scar on his belly. The scar came from a surgery he underwent three years ago, when he donated his liver to his father.
“If I get to choose again, I’d still do the same thing,” he said. “I’d do it ten times over if I had to.”
In the book, the actor said his father was diagnosed with liver cancer when he was 22 years old. Derek had the only matching liver. “If I didn’t do it, my father would only have three months left to live. I really didn’t think too much of it. I immediately said yes.”
On the night before the operation, Derek couldn’t sleep. He was worried that the surgery would fail, and he was also worried that his father would not wake up. Succumbed with emotions, he sent a text message to his father, which read, “I love you.”
Derek donated 45% of his liver to his father. He also donated his gallbladder. After waking up from the surgery, Derek said he was in so much pain that he couldn’t even read. He started to scream, and the nurses had to tranquilize him. “I was discharged about 10 days later. I was recommended to mobilizer myself sooner so my heal would not deteriorate. Although I was in pain, I had to stand again.”
The 25-year-old has adopted a much healthier lifestyle after the surgery. He would be in bed by midnight and would sleep at least 8 hours a day. He controls his diet—no fatty foods, no excessive salt, sugar, or fried foods. He drinks 2 liters of water every day. When he is on the brink of getting overwork, he said he would feel his body physically denying him. “No more than a month after I was discharged, I had to go to the mainland to film a drama. After filming one whole night, I felt like I was going to die.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.