Little Red Scarf is in Lanzhou, Gansu province and provides financial and emotional support to children suffering from congenital heart disease. In addition, they provide families with post-operative care and help patients sustain a healthy lifestyle.
We went to the hospital to see Hong Yan the day after the hospital. The doctor said she woke up at 2:00 in the morning and the wound ached. She felt uncomfortable, since her limbs had been bound. She fell asleep half hour later. Doctor Tang told us Hong Yan was stabilizing and they would remove the ventilator in the afternoon.
While we were excited to hear the doctor's recommendation for Hong Yan to breathe on her own, we were also nervous since we did not know how her body would react without the machine. Her lungs were weak and may not be able to work independently. Hooking her up to the ventilator for the second time would be dangerous and risky procedure.
We visited Hongy Yan after the ventilator was removed and I could not believe my eyes. She got rid of ventilator and was sleeping well. She looked fine with apple cheeks. Hearing familiar sounds, Hong Yan opened her eyes. She was still weak, but we were excited to see her healthy complexion. She could not speak. The nurse praised her and said she was cooperative and strong. She would get out of ICU a few days later.
Everything went well. Each indicator of Hong Yan was normal and Doctor Tang said she could be referred to general ward. We are so grateful that Hong Yan did well and look forward to a fresh start in her life.
Original article written by Yujie Yun, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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