LRS: Baby, Wake Up
Little Red Scarf is an NGO that sponsors congenital heart surgeries for diseased children. The following is a touching story of a child, Jiajia, who lapsed into unconsciousness after her heart surgery. To read the original story, click here.
One day in May, a couple brought their child to the hospital. Even after traveling two hours through narrow passes and an additional four hours on mountainous roads, they did not appear tired when they finally arrived at the hospital. The mother held her baby, Jiajia, in her arms.
Four months ago, Jiajia had been diagnosed with congenital heart disease at the same hospital. She returned an additional four times because of pneumonia, and the doctor concluded that the child needed an operation at once.
Her father came to us at Little Red Scarf to seek help. Two weeks later, they went to the hospital and awaited an operation for their baby, which filled them with hope.
We thought the operation had gone well, until we heard the unexpected news from the ICU: Jiajia’s heart had suddenly stopped. After the hospital brought in its emergency rescue team, her heart began to beat again. However, she later lapsed into a light unconsciousness, where she has remained for seventeen days.
In an attempt to help Jiajia wake up sooner, her mother has been allowed to visit her everyday. Each day, her mother would take Jiajia’s hand in hers and whisper, “Mommy and Daddy have come to see you, so baby, please wake up.
Please wake up, many relatives are waiting for you.”
Jiajia, please wake up, baby. Don’t make your parents and the LRS staff wait too long. You have filled your parents’ lives with so much joy.Please wake up, dear baby.
Original article by Guan Ying, translated by Shishi Ma, edited by US intern Ally Nguyen, Lauren Kam, and Janna Wang.
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