Little Red Scarf provides financial support and encouragement to children suffering from congenital heart disease. In addition, they provide the family with post-operative care and help the children sustain a healthy lifestyle.
There were 16 children discharged from our hospital in October, 2011. We recently conducted a telephone interview with each of the families. We wanted to know how they were doing after a year. Although we could not reach some of them, we managed to speak with most of the children and their families.
269 Xingtong Discharge time: 10/20/2011; Re-examination: 01/11/2012; Telephone interview: 01/06/2013; Recent developments: Xingtong is in kindergarten. She is doing well in school, and she dances and sings. She became healthier after the operation - in fact, even healthier than her sibling!
273 Shengnan Discharge time: 10/30/2011; Re-examination: 12/30/2011; Telephone interview: 01/06/2013; Recent developments: Shengnan is in Grade 1 of primary school, and she recently did well on her final exam. She seldom gets sick now. She attends PE lessons and morning exercises at school. She is as naughty as a boy.
274 Duoduo Discharge time: 10/23/2011; Re-examination: 02/14/2012; Telephone interview: 01/06/2013; Recent developments: Duoduo will be 2 next month. She became healthier after the operation. She seldom gets sick and develops well in every aspect. The scar is obvious and her parents will take her to consult a skin doctor later.
LY-92 Huahua Discharge time: 10/05/2011; Re-examination: 01/20/2012; Telephone interview: 01/07/2013; Recent developments: Huahua is 2 years old. She is now well and has not caught a cold after the operation. She is able to speak clearly and is growing up like a normal child. The family found that the child is easier to take care of.
LY-105 Yuhan Discharge time: 10/04/2011; Re-examination: done; Telephone interview: 01/09/2013; Recent developments: Yuhan is 4 years old. His parents work in the city and he lives with his grandmother and aunt. His aunt said he was much better than before with less sickness. He eats more and has gained more weights. He is in kindergarten and has no problem in usual activities.
LY-108 Jingbo Discharge time: 10/19/2011; Re-examination: not yet; Telephone interview: 01/09/2013; Recent developments: His father said he is fine and is walking well. He has difficulty eating and breathing due to his cleft lip and palate. He cannot speak words at the moment and his parents are planning on taking him to hospital for the re-examination after the Chinese New Year.
LY-109 Yujia Discharge time: 10/24/2011; Re-examination: before last Chinese New Year; Telephone interview: 01/09/2013; Recent developments: Her father said that the effects of operation were obvious. She had lusterless and yellow hair before the operation. Now her hair became dark and luster. She is much better with less sickness. She is in Grade 1 of primary school with average school performance.
LY-110 Yanan Discharge time: 10/03/2011; Re-examination: 03/2012; Telephone interview: 01/09/2013; Recent developments: Yanan is 7 years old and in Grade 1. He didn't perform very well at his final exam, but he became healthier after the operation. He gained 5 kilos and is growing taller. He attends PE class and morning exercises at school.
LY-112 Zhengyu Discharge time: 10/03/2011; Re-examination: done in Xinjiang and posted the result to the doctor; Telephone interview: 01/15/2013; Recent developments: Zhengyu’s father works in Xijiang and Zhengyu attends kindergarten in Xinjiang. His father said he is now healthier with less sickness. He attends PE classes and extracurricular activities. He is as healthy as the other children. The scar is healing well and hardly can be seen.
LY-115 Junyan Discharge time: 10/31/2011; Re-examination: 02/20/2012; Telephone interview: 01/15/2013; Recent developments: Junyan is 3 and half years old. She is well after the operation and has gained some weight. Her family lives in the mountains with no school nearby, so she has to play with her brother at home. She behaves better than before. Her father has to take on temporary work in the local area in order to take care of her. The family still has 9000RMB of debt.
LY-117 Heling Discharge time: 10/25/2011; Re-examination: 03/02/2012; Telephone interview: 01/15/2013; Recent developments: Heling is in kindergarten. She is much healthier after the operation with less sickness. She can sing and dance at her school. The scar is obvious, but the doctor said the skin is fine when performing re-examination.
Original article written by Ying Guan, Translated by Maggie Li, Edited by Yanyan Zhang
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