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.
Status: Surgery successful, discharged from hospital
Location: Huining County, Gansu Province, Coordinator: Little Red Scarf Lanzhou Office
First Visit: 7.24.2011
Qiqi is a lucky girl. Her parents just came back from visiting family when they heard a group of children yelling outside saying that there is an abandoned child on the mountain. Just coming back from her mother’s house, Mrs. Li immediately ran up the mountain after hearing the children. When she saw Qiqi, the child was deeply sleeping but had nearly frozen purple. Because of congenital heart disease, Qiqi was abandoned by her birth parents just two days after she was born. When her foster parents first carried her home, she still could not open her eyes. They immediately discovered that she has congenital heart disease, but they still kindly adopted her and went through the official adoption procedures. Qiqi had her parents worried sick. She caught a cold almost every week, and sometimes even had fevers late at night. Her parents could only carry her to the clinic every time. She was very weak physically. She had stayed overnight in the county hospital 3 times, costing the family 7000 yuan in medical expenses. Qiqi needed one package of powdered milk every week. Because Qiqi was eating more and more and the family is not well off economically, they do not have enough money for Qiqi to live only on powdered milk, so her mother would mix in some flour with the milk powder. Qiqi’s parents are very healthy, but they also have three other school-aged children they need to care for. Qiqi’s condition made it very difficult for her already impoverished family. Qiqi’s surgery costs were all borrowed from others, but her mother said that if the child is sick, the sickness could not be ignored and that since I adopted her, I need to take good care of her.
8/27/11 Follow-up call
LY-79 Qiqi: Qiqi is already on her second year in preschool and can participate in all the field activities. Although the child still catches colds very often, she does not need infusions anymore and only needs to take some medicine. The family would like to thank Little Red Scarf for their care and help. We suggest that the child eat more nutritious foods.
Original article translated by EV intern: Allison Zhang
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