Help Cheng Xiang get the next heart operation he needs!
Very Severe CHD
Cheng Xiang’s congenital heart disease was among the worst that we’ve seen. His lips were black; his hands and feet were dark purple. Even surgery was considered risky and would have to be done in three stages. The first stage would be a palliative surgery, to strengthen his pulmonary function and to prepare him for later operations.
The First Surgery
On May 15, 2015, Cheng Xiang underwent a first stage operation as part of the LRS surgery program. During the four hours of surgery, his parents waited anxiously, as if they were in a courtroom waiting for a verdict. The doctor had explained to Cheng Xiang’s parents how risky the surgery was, due to his young age and weak physical condition. So they were prepared for the worst, but didn’t want to face the possible failure. They felt guilty for only giving Cheng Xiang a life, but without normal health. Listening to Cheng Xiang’s father expressing himself, we all cried.
Cheng Xiang has proven himself to be a strong life fighter so far. Even the doctors admired his perseverance. After the May 15th surgery, we waited to see how he would recover in the ICU. On the seventh day, he had recovered enough so that his respirator could be removed. On the ninth day, the drainage tube wasn’t needed anymore. On the twelfth day, he was transferred to the ordinary ward! Despite the endless anxiety during the waiting period, we were so happy to see him recovering well by the end. He had healthy pink lips, skin, and fingernails. The black was gone! All the efforts that went into Cheng Xiang’s surgery were well worth it for a life so precious.
The Second Surgery
Cheng Xiang’s recovery seems to be going better than expected, so the second stage operation could take place in as early as a month. While the joy of Cheng Xiang’s progress has been great, the next challenge is to raise funds for the second operation within the month.
The first operation was projected to cost $8,000-$9,700, but due to extended post-surgery monitoring and other extra expenses, the actual cost ended up being over $16,000. We are eager to help Cheng Xiang have another successful surgery. Please help him get the necessary funds for this!
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