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.
On June 16, my colleague and I visited Cai Ping—a mother with congenital heart disease. She received operation a year ago. We took an hour bus and arrived at the village. We took another 20 minutes’ motorcycle to arrive at her home.
The yard was clean and neat. The old house was collapsed when she was discharged from hospital last year. Her relatives helped to build a new one. There were some mud bricks left. The house is mud and wood structure inside and coated with concrete and bricks outside. It’s a normal way to build a house in the village, which shows nice in the appearance.
When she came back from the hospital, her father sent a goat to her. She did not eat it, but raised it instead. In the beginning of the year, the goat gave birth to a lamb.
Cai Ping was healing well, and the doctor said the operation was a success. Her pulmonary hypertension had not been reduced, so she had to take medicines. She could do certain housework.
Cai Ping’s husband has problems with his back, so he cannot do manual work. The couple raised about 20 chicken. If they are growing well, they could sell 70-80RMB for one.
This is Cai Ping's second daughter who had been suffering from congenital cataract. She received eye operation when she was 6. The lens only last for 10 years. She is 16 and in grade 8. She could not see the words on the blackboard even sitting in the first row. She had to learn by hearing, but she does well at school. A lens is worth of 100000RMB in 10 years ago. For the family, they could not earn such amount of money for their whole life.
Cai Ping’s father-in-law was hospitalized due to cerebral thrombosis and diabetes sequela. Her husband had to do fieldworks and Cai Ping has not recovered from the operation, so her 2 daughters had to take care of their grandfather. When talking about the situation of the family, Cai Ping said their relatives came for help. The family thanked Little Red Scarf. We comforted Cai Ping to be confident and everything would be better.
Original article written by Ying Guan, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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