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.
Lily, another girl from Ya’an, Sichuan province, was admitted to the hospital together with Lele. Lele is one year older than Lily, but Lily looks much taller than Lele. Looking at Lily's purple skin, Lele’s parents said, they were reminded of Lele before the surgery.
On July 21, Lele and Lily had the surgery at the same time. It took 10 hours and 30 minutes for the surgery. The parents comforted each other. They chose to believe that the longer time spent in surgery translated to a more successful operation.
The surgery went well. For two days, the doctor did not stitch Lele's chest in order to avoid complications. When her blood pressure began to increase, the doctor sewed the wound. The doctor said he would try his best so that she would recover well.
11 days after the surgery, Lele got off of ventilation successfully. We went to the ICU and visited her. Although we were very glad to see that she could sit up, we felt sorry for her because her throat had been hurting as a result of the ventilation. Lele was also very skinny.
After the surgery, the doctor suggested installing a heart pacemaker due to her slow heart rate. Her parents could not afford the surgery though because they had already spent 240,000 RMB. The family felt helpless. When the heads of the hospital found out, they found a supplier that could provide the pacemaker for free to Lele.
We want to thank all the kindhearted people who helped Lele.
Original article written by Yujie Yun, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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