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.
he accepted C-section again and the baby was diagnosed fetal intrauterine and pulmonary infection. The baby had to be referred to higher level hospital. The baby had been staying in incubator for 20 days. They spent 20,000RMB for mother and baby. 10,000RMB is their savings and another 10,000RMB was borrowed from their relatives.
Everything seemed fine when they went back from the hospital. In the end of October, Xiao Ai found her heart beat faster. She did a heart examination in the county hospital. She was diagnosed congenital heart disease and doctor suggested that she take the operation immediately. She had to take medicines and could not milk the baby. Her husband had to borrow money for her operation. The family had been on heavy debts. If Xiao Ai accept the operation, she cannot do any manual work in the following year. The family borrowed 10,000RMB for the baby’s milk powder so that the baby can be feed when his mother is absent.
When I asked what milk powder she was feeding the baby, she could not help weeping. We did not know what to do. I asked her if she was missing her baby, for I have a 5-month baby. She said she missed her baby very much, for he was only 2 months. I asked how long does a bag of milk powder can sustain. She said the baby eats a bag of milk powder in 4 days. One bag is about 25RMB which is the cheapest milk powder. She spent about 200RMb a month. I knew why Xiao Ai felt embarrassed to talk about milk powder. She blamed herself for not being able to buy high quality milk powder to her baby.
I began to concern about Xiao Ai. For the family, 200RMB has to be borrowed. No mother will reluctant to feed her baby. Just because the family is in difficult. Child is the hope of future and mother will try her best to sustain. Learning about the situations, we submitted application for the operation for Xiao Ai immediately. If the life can be sustain, everything becomes possible.
Meanwhile, we applied caring plan for Xiao Ai’s family. We hope the caring money can buy a milk goat for the baby, for the goat milk has same nutrition as mother’s milk. We hope her baby will grow up healthfully.
Original article written by Yunyun Jie, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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