Journey: Ping Ping
Ping Ping is 26 and a mother of 2 children. She was born with her right eye blind, and she has been suffering from congenital heart disease. In January 2016 she underwent heart surgery. However, during the recovery period her body went into distress. Fortunately she was successfully resuscitated. Her rural family is unable to pay the high medical bills for the surgery. Will you join us to help them with this financial burden?
Ping Ping's health conditions have prevented her from going to school or hiking up the mountains. She lives in a rural area, so her family did not know she could be treated through an operation.
Ping Ping got married later in life than the typical villager. She gave birth to a son in 2009 and a daughter in 2014. She became a mother, but her health was degenerating. She was often out of breath. She was not able to hold her baby, so the baby had to be fed with milk powder.
The family has 30 mu (about 5 acres) of fields. They grow potatoes, wheat, corn, and apple trees. Wheat and potatoes can feed the family. The annual income from corn is about 2,000 RMB ($300 USD) per year. Ping Ping’s husband does temp work for 3 months during the non-farming season and earns about 10,000 RMB ($1,500 USD).
Ping Ping's House and Mother-in-Law
December 2015: Ping Ping Goes to the Hospital
Ping Ping and her husband came to the hospital in December 2015 with 50, 000 RMB ($7,600 USD) of poverty alleviation loans. Her husband thought it was a priority to give Ping Ping treatment. Ping Ping’s situation was serious then. (She suffered from patent ductus arteriosus, aortic valve stenosis, and pulmonary hypertension).
We met Ping Ping on December 28, 2015. Her family had spotted a LRS poster hanging on the wall in the hospital and called us.
January 6, 2016: Surgery
On January 6, Ping Ping underwent an operation that lasted 6 hours.
January 10, 2016: Recovery, then Sudden Turn for the Worst
On January 10, she got rid of her ventilation and could eat normally. When everyone was ready to welcome her, her situation suddenly became dangerous. Four doctors conducted CPR. She was saved in half an hour, and her heart began to beat again with the hard work of the doctors.
January 22, 2016: Discharged from ICU
On January 21, 2016, she was able to breathe freely. The next day, she was discharged from the ICU.
The operation costs were 240,000 RMB (about $36,500 USD). The family has done their best to borrow 170,000 RMB. They still need 70,000 RMB ($10,600) to pay for the operation. Our goal is to support them by raising $4,615 of what they need. Please help this young mother so her children can see her as soon as possible.
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