We visited Yu Cai in the hospital, considering he was going to leave hospital soon. At Cordial Surgery Department, we found his doctor and asked about the child. The doctor said he did not stay in hospital. He lived outside and came to hospital for dressing. We curious if he had relatives or friends in Kunming. Doctor said he stayed in guesthouse near hospital. The beds in hospital were not enough, so many patients had to stay outside. We found his number and called him. His cousin said they would bring Yu Cai to hospital soon.
We met Yu Cai’s family. Yu Cai is as thin as his father. He looks pale with big eyes. His face is lack of cute and energy as his contemporaries. He was staying near his father and cousin. We took photos in a public room outside of nurses’ station. According to his cousin, the family has 5—her grandmother, father, mother and a 7-year-old brother. His grandmother got bad eyesight and high blood pressure. They spent a lot for her medicines every year. The family grow tobacco and corns. The income (about 20,000RMB a year) was not good due to the draughts. Now the family has awed about 30,000RMB.
Yu Cai was diagnosed congenital disease in 2015. He had been easy to get cold when he was quite year. The child also felt out of breath during PE. His cousion said they got to know LRS from township clinic. Children in neighboring village benefited from the program. Thanks to LRS, Yu Cai accepted the surgery timely. Yu Cai told us his wounds got a little painful, but much better than before. His heart beat not so fast. He is a nice child. He is in his recovery. His cousin said he had been eating less, so he did not have full energy. Teacher Ye, a partner of LRS encouraged him to eat more.
They were serious during the period to take photo. After that, his father bowed deeply to us and kept saying thank you to us. I found we forgot to leave him souvenir of LRS when I was sorting the photos at night. I contacted them again, hoping to take another 2 more photos. His cousin told me he would leave hospital the next day. I had to meet them at 8:00 in the morning. I gave the child bracelet and badge and tool several photos. They were still serious. For a family with 20,000RMB of income in one year, the costs in guesthouse were definitely not cheap. I hope Yu Cai will recover soon and become a strong boy. The smiles will come to the faces of the family then.
Original article written by Lin Guo, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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