Little Red Scarf is in Lanzhou, Gansu, and Yunnan provinces. We provide financial support and encouragement to children suffering from congenital heart disease. In addition, we provide families with post-operative care and help the children sustain a healthy lifestyle
Follow the journey with Xiejuan as she undergoes surgery and recovers.
September 4, 2016
Finally, Xiejuan's father received the long awaited phone call from Dr. Liu, who invited Xiejuan to check in to the hospital the next day, because the specialist was on the way for her operation. It was arranged to have a specialist from Beijing perform the surgery since Xiejuan had a very complicated heart condition. Her father felt great about the news, but on the other hand, he was also nervous because of the inevitable risks.
September 5, 2016
We went to meet Xiejuan early in the day. "Little Red Scarf!" she yelled out, even before we arrived at the door. Obviously, our efforts of communication had paid off. She accepted us, and acted upbeat.
September 11, 2016 Operation Day
September 22, 2016
We visited Xiejuan at the hospital. A nurse was removing her vinous cannula. It was a painful procedure, but we were surprised that Xiejuan, a nine-year-old kid, went through it without crying.
After the vinous cannula was removed, she dramatically changed her emotion and movements. She could sit up with ease while having an IV in her arm.
September 25, 2016 Two weeks after the operation
We visited Xiejuan again and noticed that her personality was more positive. When she looked at some pre-operation photos that we shot, she picked her favorite one with a big smile.
That same day, we delivered nutritious food and supplements for her speedy recovery.
We asked her father about how he felt while waiting during Xiejuan's operation. He got choked up and murmured, "Scary, scary. Better not to talk about it."
September 26, 2016
Xiejuan was released from the hospital. We took a photo of the happy father and daughter, who went through the ups and downs in the past few weeks. We wish them all the best. And we also thank all the loving people who worked behind the scenes to help this necessary operation become a reality.
Original article translated by Li Wang, translated by Kai Chao and edited by Yanyan Zhang and Carolyn D.
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