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.
The name Hao Yang reminds me of a boy who likes singing loudly and dancing in the hospital corridor. It also reminds me of a boy who has been fighting an illness for 4 months. In 2011, little Hao Yan accepted surgery in Beijing with the support of Little Red Scarf. He survived the post-operation complications. His mother and older brother took him for a re-examination in Lanzhou last year. The results were good though he was thin, which was a relief for the family. His father could go to work.
It has been 3 years since the surgery. How’s Hao Yang? Does he go to school? How’s the recovery of the wound? With these questions, we were on the way to visit Hao Yang.
Hao Yang is over 6. In order to go to a better school, he and his mother moved to the county to live with his grandmother. Little Hao Yang is in Grade 1 and he is very polite. He looked stronger and taller than when we saw him last time. When we asked him if he still remembered us, he nodded firmly. He was shy and did not sing songs, but recited what he had learned at school for us.
Hao Yang’s brother is 1 year older than him. They are good friends. The older brother took good care of Hao Yang and never quarreled with him. They go to school and back together and do homework and play together.
When we were talking with his mother they did their homework. Hao Yang is the strongest spiritual pillar of the family. Though they still live in a shabby house, the grandmother always encourages the family to stay close together. She says no matter what, every difficulty can be overcome together.
Original article written by Aiju Chang, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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