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.
When the family members thought of 2 operations that Lele had experienced, they had indescribable feelings. When Lele had been diagnosed severe congenital heart disease, her father was in hospital for an operation. Facing expensive medical bills, they family had to sell cows and goats and spent all savings. With the help of Little Red Scarf and the local government medical allowance, Lele received 2 operations. When we saw Lele 1 years later, we were surprise to find she became a lovely and healthy girl.
The family has 7 people. Lele’s grandparents live with them. Her fathered opened a vehicle repair shop which is the income source of the family. When Lele knew we would visit her, she had been waiting for us at the door.
Lele’s father came back home late every day. In order to raise money for Lele, the family sold all their livestock. The sheds became empty. Her father is suffering rheumatic arthritis. He said he would came back to raise livestock when he is elder and were not able to repair vehicles.
Her father told us she could ride bicycle, jump or run, but she had to keep taking medicines. A heart pacemaker was installed, so the doctor suggested her not going to school for an observation period.
Her brother was asking for the little kitten and she tried to catch the cat for her brother. Lele is a well-behaved child. Since she was installed with heart peacemaker, sewing became her joy of life.
Lele had never been to school, but her grand grandfather taught her a lot of words. Lele thanked staff from Little Red Scarf. She took out thank-you letter from a box and gave it to us. Lele was eager to go to school as the other children. We comforted her she would fulfill her dream when she becomes better.
Original article written by Li Wang, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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