Doudou’s Treatment of CHD
Doudou often had crying fits before she turned one year old. Each time she had a fit, her lips and cheeks would turn slightly purple. She would also catch colds for long periods of time. After a checkup at a famous local private clinic, she was diagnosed with congenital heart disease (CHD). She underwent surgery in 2012 with help from Little Red Scarf.
A Shy, Small Pre-Schooler
Now Doudou is over 4 years old and goes to preschool in the town of Pan’an, which costs 800 yuan per semester. Having grown up on a remote mountain on the edge of a village, Doudou is shy, not used to meeting new people. She is a picky eater and slightly smaller than most children her age.
Doudou’s Brother Suffers from Fluid in the Brain
Doudou’s little brother is now nearly two years old. The little guy is plump and cute, but he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus a few months after birth. The family spent over 20,000 yuan to treat the little brother, most of which was borrowed from their relatives and friends.
Family Struggles with Illness and Meager Crops
The family has 6 members, including grandparents who are no longer capable of doing hard physical work. Doudou’s grandmother has had a cataract for many years and can barely see. She gave up treatment to save more money for Doudou’s surgery. The entire family is supported by the father alone. But because of the illnesses of his children and parents, the father cannot go find work elsewhere. During a dry year, the family goes hungry.
The family owns a third of an acre of mountainous land, planting mainly corn, wheat, rapeseed, and 40 apple trees. When the weather is nice, the crops from the land are the family’s main source of income. Each year, the family earns approximately 15,000 yuan from their land. But because of the hail in 2013, the family land did not yield as much. The family owns two goats, which supply the milk for the children. Doudou’s mother and little brother rent a house in town, costing around 500 yuan per semester.
Medical Expenses for Doudou’s Brother
The family’s main expenses are: 1) medication costs – 70% and 2) living costs – 30%. Currently, because Doudou’s younger brother needs medication for his hydrocephalus condition, the family has already spent over 20,000 yuan. The brother’s illness is the family’s biggest worry. Although the child’s condition is stable as of now, his family worries that there may be long-lasting health implications as he grows up.
Will you help Doudou’s little brother get proper treatment for his health condition?
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