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.
Qiqi accepted the operation in August of 2011 with the support of Little Red Scarf. 3 years later, my colleagues and I came to Huining and visited her on July 16, 2014.
For the education of the children, the family had to move to a suburban of the city and rented a small room. They opened a small shop in the front of the room. There’s a place for a bed in the behind where Qiqi and her parents live. There are 6 family members. Her elder brother worked in a factory with poor health. Her second brother will study in a college this year and her sister works for a wedding dress shop.
The room is simple and shabby. The roof was built by asbestos tiles. There’s garbage outside of the room. Her mother found a plastic film to cover the floor in order to prevent rain water from the ceiling. Kitchen is behind the door where just for one person.
At noon, her mother began to prepare lunch for Qiqi. Qiqi changed a lot when we saw her. She still recognized me and said, “you are auntie from Little Red Scarf.” Qiqi’s scar was healing well. She showed a little pigeon chest, but her mother said it was much better. We felt relieved to see she ate well.
The life of Qiqi’s family is like a cup of green tea—sweet comes from bitter test. We were happy to see healthy Qiqi and her parents. We hope she will be growing up healthfully and all the best in her future life.
Original article written by Li Wang, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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