Little Red Scarf CARE provides financial support and encouragement to children suffering from congenital heart disease. In addition, they provide the family with post-operative care and help their child sustain a healthy lifestyle. Read the original article here.
Liangzi, a Tibetan boy named after his grandpa, is expected to be the backbone of his family in the future.
His hometown is Linxia, in Gansu Province - a remote mountain village. Liangzi's grandparents are aging and have become slow in movement because of their weak legs, and his mother has suffered from tracheitis for years and is always on medication. His father also suffers from congenital high myopia. In order to sustain the basic needs for the entire family, he works in construction for tiny wages.
Unfortunately, Liangzi's health condition is no better than those of his family members. Since he was born, Liangzhi has had persistent chest aches and has gotten tired easily. Although they knew about his problems, Liangzi’s family was unable to take him to the hospital because of their tight budget. Liangzi is currently 11 years old, but he looks like an eight year old. Recently, he caught a severe cold, and his family was forced to send him to the hospital. It was during this visit that they were informed of Liangzi's congenital heart disease.
When we first met Liangzi, we noticed an unusual passion in his eyes. The LRS staff helped him reach a larger hospital, where he received more thorough medical examinations and got prepared for his surgery. His mother was always by his side, and we could hear her abnormal breathing whenever we approached her. Sadly, her face also had a bluish tint from being on medications for so long.
Liangzi’s operation on September 3rd, 2012 was successful. However, this only marked a third of the dangerous process. He also had a hard time recovering from the operation. A tube of a breathing machine was inserted into his lung through his mouth - undoubtedly a painful procedure. However, he is a very strong boy and was able to persevere through it. Gradually, we saw a precious smile reappear on his face.
We interviewed Liangzi before he checked out of the hospital. He told us that he was very grateful to all the people who provided help for him. When we asked him about his career aspirations, he responded without hesitation that he wanted to become a policeman. What an honorable and sacred profession! It is this dream that sustains the brightness in his eyes.
Please accept this salute from a brave boy who will one day serve and protect our community! Thank you for all your concern and support. It makes a tangible impact.
Original artice written by Ying Guan, edited by Shishi Ma, and translated by US interns Kevin Mo and Isabel Auyeung.
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