Edgar Snow (1905-1972) was an American journalist who wrote _Red Star Over China_.
In 1971, he was living with his second wife, Lois Wheeler, in Switzerland largely on
account of hostility in the USA toward his supposed sympathies for Communism.
Edgar Snow (not a Swiss citizen) was stricken with cancer, and, as a struggling writer,
he found it hard to finance his continuing medical treatment in Switzerland.
(Some naive Swiss suggested that he return to the health care system of the USA.)
So Lois Wheeler Snow wrote many letters to any and all of his or her friends, appealing for aid.
One letter was addressed to Zhou Enlai (whom he had first met during the Second World War).
Edgar Snow had not been in touch with Zhou Enlai for years. As Premier of China, Zhou Enlai
was a very busy man. Would Zhou Enlai even bother to read or to reply to this letter?
Zhou Enlai did reply. He invited Edgar Snow to visit China for as long as he wished,
where he would receive China's best medical treatment without charge. But Swiss doctors
already had decided that Edgar Snow was too ill to travel. So Zhou Enlai sent a team
of doctors and nurses from China to make a house call in Switzerland. The Chinese
cancer specialists believed that Edgar Snow's condition was terminal. Some Chinese
doctors and nurses remained to provide 24/7 hospice care for Edgar Snow until he died.
In her book _A Death With Dignity: When the Chinese Came_, his widow, Lois Wheeler Snow
expressed her deepest appreciation to Zhou Enlai and the Chinese doctors and nurses.
She noted that Edgar Snow had received a much more compassionate response in
appealing for help from a foreign government (China) than from his own (US) government.