Da Shou was diagnosed with congenital heart disease at the age of 13 when he had surgery for a hernia in 2011. His heart surgery was completed in 2012 with help from Little Red Scarf. That same year his sister had bladder suspension surgery done. Half a year after her surgery, the doctor found out that she is suffering from kidney failure.
Da Shou’s sister is 20 years old this year. Since she was born, she has suffered from stress incontinence. Her parents have sought all kinds of help for their daughter, hoping to find a way to treat the disease without doing surgery. However, after asking for many different opinions, the only solution is to have the surgery done.
There are only two children in the family. It was bad enough that one child was born with congenital disease. Under the double blow, both parents aged very quickly. But fortunately with the help from Little Red Scarf, Da Shou was able to have the heart surgery done successfully. It also led the parents to witness the advancement of medical technology. In 2012, they brought their daughter to a hospital in Lanzhou for the bladder suspension surgery. They had great hope thinking their daughter would have a promising future just like her brother. They never imagined that six months after surgery, their daughter would begin to complain about severe pain on the side of her body. She cried that the pain was so intense that she rather die than live. The father was frightened and quickly brought her to the hospital for different examinations and treatments.
At the beginning, the doctor could not find anything. After a series of investigations, the doctor was very serious telling the father that his daughter has right kidney atrophy and the left kidney function was also starting to decline. The only treatment would be having a kidney transplant. The father has been hiding the truth from the family. Along with the deterioration of her health, the whole family will know sooner or later. In the meantime, Da Shou’s sister is taking Chinese medicine to improve her health.
The father went to (Xinjiang) Lop Nor to work to see if he can make some extra money to help with his daughter’s medical expenses. Kidney transplants are simply impossible for a rural family like theirs. The father said how he wish he can give his kidney to his daughter so they can save the money. The only hope he has now is to make enough money so he can bring his daughter to Lanzhou for further treatment.
This year, Da Shou is in second year of high school, and he is an art student. It is quite costly to be an art student. They need to spend 200 RMB a week just to buy paint and pay for living expenses. The father is working very hard, paying for his son who is striving for success after starting a new life, and also paying for the treatment for her daughter. Both children are his treasure. He cannot lose either one of them.
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