Another volunteer, Zhang Xin, works with Xiao Zinxin.
Chengdu Volunteer Association is dedicated to helping patients suffering from various disorders. The following is a reflection of a volunteer worker following her visit to a girl suffering from cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a non-progressive, non-infectious motor condition that can lead to physical disabilities in development, particularly in areas of body movement.
I came to Xiao Zixin’s home for the first time on February 11th. I’ve never been in contact with children with cerebral palsy before, but I knew that Xiao Zixin’s situation could not be too good. Along with the surgery, her father had just passed away the previous year, leaving her, her mother, and her sister in the house alone.
When I got there, I immediately felt a warm, pleasant home atmosphere, void of any depressive emotions. Xiao Zixin's family made us feel comfortable, and conversations flowed naturally. The cheerful and optimistic mother "Auntie Shaw" was the mainstay of the home, and believed that only knowledge and education could change the fate of her family. Zixin could not attend school for the past semester because of her surgery, but she tried her hardest to catch up nonetheless. During her tutoring sessions, she listened intently and studied for more than two hours without rest. I was touched by her motivation and perseverance; on the first day of learning English, she hadn’t known all 26 letters. But, by morning of the next, she had learned them all, in addition to completing some math problems. Zixin’s operation was done very successfully. Auntie Shaw explained that if she is kept healthy, her post-surgery life will not be negatively impacted by the operation.
I will continue to help this optimistic family, and I hope that more people will join me in the effort. I can hope, because Xiao Zinxin and her family will always maintain their hope.
The original article, written by volunteer Luan, was translated by TFish staff Shishi Ma and edited by U.S. intern Ally Nguyen.
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