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.
Yumei is a lovely 3-year-old girl. She lives in a remote village in Longdong of Gansu province. Thanks to other parents’ introduction, she found us. When we first met her on May 11, we were scared by her skin color. Her face showed purple and her lips showed dark with red eyes and blue toes and fingers. The family could not afford medical examinations, so she had never been checked in a good hospital.
With a series of checks, the doctors said the child needs to be hospitalized for further checks. After another week’s check and treatment, we were looking forward to hear the news that she could be treated by operation. Unfortunately, she got chicken pox on May 17 and got high fever. Her father had to take care of her all the time. We would bring her a lollipop when we visited her in the hospital. The candy made her to stay a moment’s quiet. We worried her skin even more with chicken pox. She was transferred to infectious disease department.
After the treatment, she was getting better. The doctor said she had to stay in infectious disease department for 7 days before she was transferred to cardiac surgery department. On May 28, she could be transferred to cardiac surgery department. Her chicken pox disappeared and there were some scars in the face. With further checks and consultations, the doctor told the child’s father that her situation is serious, which needed 2 risky surgeries. The costs would be high. Her father still insisted on doing surgery, for he knew the surgery was the only hope for her daughter.
On June 11, it was the surgery day. For the whole month we had been expecting the surgery nervously. It was not a common surgery. After 7 hours’ hard working, the surgery was done at 15:00. The situation was not optimistic. At 19:00, the doctor decided to another surgery which could be very risky. When the doctor told the risks that the girl had to be faced, the father could not help weeping.
Hearing the news, her mother hurried to hospital with her 10-month-old daughter. She said she wanted to see Yumei maybe one last time. For another 3 hours, the operation was completed at 10 o’ clock at night. The doctor said Yumei sustained it successfully.
Yumei survived. When we saw her the next day at ICU, the purple in her face disappeared. I saw her true self.
It’s the time to bring nutrients to Yumei. It took longer than the other children, but here’s the day.
On the 10th day of operation, Yumei could walk and on June 25, she was released. For 44 days in hospital, we saw the great changes brought by the operation. She is walking toward healthy. She will have to face another operation in 2 years. It’s not easy on the way to grow up. We saw the happiness from their smiles. Best wishes to the family. Yumei’s father said, “I am not able to express myself well, but I want to thank Little Red Scarf for your help. There are more kind people in the world”. Thank donors again who saved many lives with Little Red Scarf.
Original Article Written by Li Wang, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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