Little Red Scarf operates in Lanzhou, Gansu Province, and Kunming, Yunnan Province. LRS provides financial support and patient advocacy to children suffering from congenital heart disease. In addition, they provide families with post-operative care to help the children sustain a healthy new life.
Today, I visited Rong and Ke Wen, two children who suffer from congenital heart disease in Kunming, Yunnan province.
Rong, who is nine years old, suffers from an atrial septal defect and an extra toe. When her parents took her to the hospital to determine what the necessary procedures for her congenital heart defect were, the doctor also recommended that she get surgery to remove her sixth toe as well. Now, Rong’s parents are divorced, and she lives with her father and her grandparents because her father is able to make a living farming tobacco and corn. Her grandparents take care of her while her father works hard to provide for their family. Her aunt is a helping hand as well; she works year round to maintain the income necessary to live their lives. However, despite all of this, their family annual income is only 7500 yuan, with the annual per capita income of RMB 1500 yuan. Thus, the raise pigs for consumption, but it is still enough for everyone in the family to eat. Rong is such a clever and thoughtful girl. Not only does she have good grades, but she also takes care of her family as well. We hope we can help her through aid from Little Red Scarf.
Ke Wen, who is six years old, suffers from patent ductus arterioles and a myriad of chromosomal disorders. Six people in his family work on a farm for a living, but the father is the main labor force. His mother takes care of him and his siblings and his grandmothers and brothers are unable to help out due to their age.The two children above, with the exception of Ke Wan’s signs of fatigued breathing, their congenital heart disease is not obvious. They show no particular signs of cyanosis.
Hopefully, after surgery, these two children will be able to live happy lives with their family. I will return to the hospital to follow up the situation and shoot pictures of them. Without any unforeseen circumstances, the operation is expected to take place on Thursday.
In addition, today, the doctor mentioned that discharge doesn’t provide medical records, but rather only discharge summaries. If you need to copy medical records, it requires approvals from foundations and completion of complicated paperwork.
Written by Qianhua Liu, translated by Katie Lan and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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