Little Red Scarf 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.
Honghong is a 16-year-old girl who suffers from congenital heart disease. She should have been treated in her childhood, but the family could not afford to the operation.
Honghong lives in a small remote village of Gansu province with 4 family members. Her parents are mentally retarded. They make a living by farming a piece of small field. Her father had tried to work in the city, but failed. Her mother can do some simple housework. The family has been on relief from their relatives.
Honghong is a secondary student. The symptoms of chest pain and weakness became more obvious. Seeing classmates’ healthy and confident faces, she suffered from low self-esteem even more. The study became a burden. She told her feelings to her uncle, who had to turn to the villagers. A university student from the village found Little Red Scarf from the Internet and LRS decided to help Honghong.
With the accompaniment of her father and uncle, Honghong was admitted by the hospital and received an operation. Volunteers from TFish brought her nourishments and stationery after the operation. Honghong recovered well, and her family was so happy when they were told that she could leave hospital. They were very grateful for the help from LRS. Honghong said she experienced the goodness of technology and that she would study hard and learn to use technology to help people.
Original article written by Yingying Guan, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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