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.
We first met Longlong at the end of 2012 when he was 5 month old and diagnosed with congenital heart disease. He had been crying nonstop since he was born, and his young parents were exhausted.
It's a year and half later and he is now two. We saw a familiar figure when we arrived at the village—his grandfather was holding him and welcomed us into their home.
We were happy to hear that Longlong recovered well and hasn't even had a cold since his operation. He stopped crying at night, so now his grandfather is able to take care of him. Many people from their rural village take jobs in neighboring cities to improve their living conditions. Now that Longlong is with his grandfather, his father is able to focus on earning more money for their family. His mother found a job in the city last month.
Speaking to his grandfather about Longlong's health brings up terrible memories for the family. At a period of time, they felt like they were living in the hospital. Thanks to the help of Little Red Scarf, Longlong can now eat and sleep well.
Original article written by Ying Guan, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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