Longwan Caring Home is located in Dahua County, which was listed as one of the poorest counties in Guangxi Province. Longwan Caring Home is a big family consisting of orphans, single parents, and abandoned children. The normal expense of the Home is sustained by plantation, breeding, and small business.
In the morning of March 25, 2015, over 40 students of grade 10 and 11 visited our children under the lead of Teacher Peng. With introductions, the students learned more about the Home. The played games with the children and performed magic. They also brought some food. Soon, they developed friendship with the children.
The children were involved in magic and they asked for more performances. A student shared a piece of music with Dongdong who is mentally retarded. Though he can speak a little, he has an innocent heart. He smiled brightly. The child needs to be cared and thank the student. The student told stories to the children and some students helped to cut nails.
The students raised money and bought some gifts for the children. We were moved. Their cares actually are the best gifts. Thank teachers and students from Dahua No. 2 Middle School. During their development, the children need to be inspired and accompanied by these young guys. We hope our children will become thankful, loving and responsible when they grow up.
Original Article Written by Banai Hua, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
Little Red Scarf is in Lanzhou, Gansu province and provides financial support and encouragement to children suffering from congenital heart disease. In addition, they provide families with post-operative care and help the children sustain a healthy lifestyle.
13 patients were discharged in March of 2013. We interviewed them with telephone 2 years later. We got to know the latest developments and reminded them for re-examination.
384 Weiye： Weiye is in kindergarten. His grandfather said his parents went for work. He took care of the children. The school is about 2 kilometers away from home. The child is fine, but often caught cold. There’s problem with his legs when he ran, for he accepted hip joint surgery. His wound is recovering well. The family members are fine. Thank Little Red Scarf’s care.
386 Xiao Ru： Xiao Ru’s father answered the call. He said the child attended kindergarten. She recovered well from the surgery. The wound recovered well, too. She seldom caught cold. 1 year after the surgery, the child fell into convulsions. The doctor in Women and Children Health Center diagnosed cerebritis. Now she’s fine. Thank for the care of Little Red Scarf. The family members are fine and the income of the family increased. Her father opened a restaurant in Ningxia. They would pick up the child to live with them in the city.
Help Xiao Zhen’s grandfather get the medication he needs to take care of his orphan granddaughters.
One Surgery Done, One More to Go
Li Yong is a 14-year-old boy with complex congenital heart disease. He underwent the first of a two-part surgery in mid-December. The second part is planned for this September.
Difficult Family Situation
Li Yong's grandfather passed away this year, and medical and funeral expenses exceeded $6,000. Li Yong's grandmother has lung cancer, and the treatments cost several hundred dollars per month.
On June 18th, we saw Yu Mei get discharged from the ICU. We’re so happy for her! Here’s the update from our staff Guan who was with her:
As soon as Yu Mei opened her eyes, she saw her father and stretched out her hand to him. Yu Mei’s father ran over to get closer to her, and she put her hand on his face. At that moment, I couldn’t help but cry. Yu Mei and her father had been through an 8-day ordeal of life and death.
Yu Mei changed from a purple child into a white princess. Through it all, she and her father had such an understanding between them. Her dad was always busy running around to take care of her, even though it’s not easy for him to take care of her by himself.
I helped cut Yu Mei’s fingernails, which is the only thing I could do to help her. Yu Mei pointed at my face, indicating she recognized me. I let her see her hand compared to mine. Now she’s a lot whiter than I am. She’s so happy!
China Cal’s program to train county doctors to properly examine newborns is progressing as planned. With the help of a grant from The Ping and Amy Chao Foundation of Los Altos, CA, China Cal has added an evaluation component and a University of California, Irvine Program In Public Health PhD graduate student. Ms Fangqi Guo, who will be the principal investigator for an evaluative study of the training program, will work with the China Cal team in Yunnan for several months this year. We are also grateful to the Masimo Corporation for their kind gift of 125 pulse oximeters to be used in each of the rural Yunnan county hospitals for screening newborns for critical congenital heart disease.
The following is a summary of PhD candidate Fangqi Guo’s research plan.
Undiagnosed congenital cardiac shunt lesions with pulmonary hypertension and critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) kill 3 to 4 of every thousand children in developing countries. Most of these heart defects are completely curable if discovered early in life. Yunnan Province is a slowly developing province of China. The estimated number of infants that die from these heart defects is about 400 per year. Pulse oximetry is an effective screening method to detect CCHD in very early stage. We will provide rural Yunnan county hospitals, where most babies are now born, with equipment and training for doctors and nurses responsible for the care of neonates. We will train these doctors regarding proper neonatal cardiac examination. We will evaluate the increased knowledge and change in behaviour of these trainees. Though rural Yunnan is one of the poorest regions of China, both medical insurance options and financial assistance mechanisms are growing and the level of medical care is continuously improving. The conditions for increased awareness and discovery of undiagnosed congenital heart cases are therefore ideal for addressing this problem in Yunnan Province.
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Help Rui Rui get the medication she needs to treat her high pulmonary artery pressure.
Help Ting Ting’s family get a few more sheep to increase their potential income.
Help Cheng Xiang get the next heart operation he needs!
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