Little Red Scarf is in Lanzhou, Gansu province and provides financial support and encouragement to children suffering from congenital heart disease. In addition, they provide families with post-operative care and help the children sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Xiao Hong is a girl of Yi ethnic minority. She comes from Honghe Prefecture of Yunnan province and she is 5. There are 5 in the family. Their main income of about 10,000RMB each year comes from plantations. Xiao Hong’s parents said she had been weak since she was a little child. She was diagnosed pulmonary stenosis when she attended kindergarten. The doctor said she needed to take operation which costed a few thousand hundreds of Yuan. They could not afford the operation treatment. They applied for the support.
The first time I saw Xiao Hong was in hospital. Her parents kept saying thank you and she seemed scary. They could not believe they had been supported. I told them it was true and introduced the project. I also introduced myself to them and the jobs I am responsible for. They seemed relaxing and talked about them and the situation of the family. The child was looking at me with big eyes and kept silent.
Xiao Hong’s father told me they planted about 100 rubber trees. They used to more than 10,000RMB from the rubber trees each year, but the rubber price dropped sharply this year. They only earned about 2000 to 3000RMB. They do not have extra money, so Xiao Hong’s illness was delayed.
I came to the hospital again the day when Xiao Hong took the operation. The doctor was doing ECG. Her father told me the operation was successful. They would come for re-check a month later.
A day later, her father called and said Xiao Hong could go home. I saw her in the hospital and she looked much better. I joked with her and she smiled shyly. I told her parents do not let Xiao Hong to do strenuous exercise and to stay warm, and come back for re-check. Her parents kept nodding. They expressed their thankfulness.
Looking at them leaving the hospital and the child leaned her head to her father’s shoulders, I thought her parents are a safe harbor for her. Though they are poor, their love for Xiao Hong has no less. They are trying their best to build a better place for their child. Their love to each other moved me. All the best to Xiao Hong’s family.
Original article written by Lin Luo, translated by Maggie Li , and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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