When we met Jiawang in hospital, he was 1 years old and could not speak and walk. He was held by his mother. He often caught cold. He could not be operated because of his poor immune system. The family was exhausted and his father could not go for work.
It has been 2 years since the surgery. He became smart, playful, and completely different from the child before h surgery.
Jiawang’s brother went to school, but the school is too far away from home. His parents decided to move to the city and rent an apartment. His father work at construction sites. When we visited the family, his father went to Shanxi. Jiawang has not attended kindergarten, because the costs is too high for the family. Jiawang would pick up and send his brother to school with his mother every day. The apartment is small with about 10 square meters. The room equipment is simple, but his mother provides the family with all the necessities in life.
Jiawang’s surgery wound has healed and we could barely can see it. The two children played happily at the small room. Jiawang looked no difference from normal children. He sometimes fought with his brother for grabbing something. We were pleased to see that Jiawang has become a rambunctious toddler. We brought a box of milk and a few posters to the family. We hope the poster can let more people know our project. We also wish all the best for the family.
Original article written by Ying Guan, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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