Little Red Scarf is in Lanzhou, Gansu and Yunnan 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.
Jikang is 6 months old with 6 kilograms. 2 months after he was born, he got pneumonia due to the cold. His parents took him to take a check in a county hospital. The hospital did not admit him and asked the parents to take the baby to the city level hospital. He was diagnosed congenital heart disease. The parents were sad to hear the result and it was really difficult for them to accept.
According to his mother, he has been weak since he was born. He got cold in his 2 months. His lips shows light purple and got serious situation when he got cold. In his 6 months, he had got 3 colds and had been staying in hospital. Her mother was very sad when he got injection.
There are 6 children in Ji Kan’s family. His grandparents are about 55 this year. His grandmother is in poor health and has to take medicine, who got serious problem in spine. They had been thinking of surgery, but the doctor said it could be risky to be paralyzed. The old woman had to use stick for walking. There’s always someone to help her. Ji Kan’s grandfather got problem in one of his legs. Ji Kan’s elder sister is 2, who is okay.
The family has 8 mu of fields. They plant wheat, barley and rape with 15000yuan/year income, which is the main income of the family. When the child was diagnosed heart disease, his father decided to find work in the city and earn more money for Ji Kan’s surgery, but he had to come back to take care of the children 1 month later. The income of the family is about 20000 yuan including the amount his father earned in a month this year, but the family owed 70,000 yuan. The debts is a big burden for the family, but Ji Kan’s mother thought the health of the child is the most important. She hopes Little Red Scarf could help them.
Ji Kan was admitted by hospital, but it was really unexpected to hear when I visited him in the hospital that Ji Kan got very rare blood type. It is difficult to find such blood type for the surgery. His parent could do nothing about it and they had to count on hospital to find the same blood type. We wish Ji Kan good luck. It’s the second case of rare blood type when we launched the aid program. A child supported by Little Red Scarf was found to have rare, but fortunately his uncle matched his type. His uncle donated his blood. Kinship seemed so important now.
I have told Ji Kan’s parents that it might be possible to find the same blood type among their relatives. Good luck to them.
Original article written by Yujie Yun, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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