Our Little Red Scarf program has expanded to Yunnan 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.
Tired of the same ol' greeting cards and overpriced dinners every Valentine's Day? What if this year we turn our attention to another matter of the heart?
Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week is coming up, and we have the opportunity to give the gift of love to someone in need.
Though many have never heard of the disease, CHDs are the most common form of birth defect found in children around the world. In fact for every 30 seconds, a child is born with this life threatening condition. Fortunately, we have the resources in the US to treat most infants at birth. Babies born in developing countries however are not as lucky, and too many people die prematurely from heart failure that could have been prevented with early detection and treatment.
This week in honor of CHD Awareness Week, our LRS Yunnan program is hoping to bring a long and healthy life to a young boy living in rural China.
Li Yong is a 14 year old kid with a very complex form of heart disease that takes two surgical procedures to treat. He has been living with the defect for far too long and his doctors fear he may not live much longer without treatment. After intensive fundraising and money from insurance, Liyong was able to undergo the first part of his surgery last month.
His family however, is unable to bear the costs of the second surgery. Both his grandparents have recently gone through illnesses and the family has used up their savings to pay for medical fees. After hearing about their case, Dr. James St Louis, of Childrens Heart Link agreed to perform Li Yong's surgery pro-bono. But even with this generosity, it is still not enough. The complications of Li Yong's surgery simply cost too much. The family still has to take on $10,000 in out of pocket fees.
This money is impossible for Li Yong's family to raise on their own. They live in a small home with very little means.
Give the ultimate gift of love this Valentine's Day. Join TFISH help Liyong fix his heart!
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