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Fangdi is a quiet 15-year old girl from the remote mountainous area of southern Gansu. At 6 months old, she was first admitted to the hospital for pneumonia and diagnosed with congenital heart disease. Unfortunately, her family mistook CHD for a condition that would come and go like her pneumonia; they had no intention of treating her. Over a decade later, as Fangdi’s conditions like constant shortness of breath, weakness and bluing worsened, her family finally understood the severity of the disease and started borrowing funds for her surgery. However, as Fandi’s father is the large family of 7’s only source of income, their ability to repay debt was questioned. It seemed hopeless that they’d ever come up with enough money for treatment. Fangdi’s doctor introduced her family to Little Red Scarf in mid-July. They were thrilled to join the program and Fangdi was admitted into a LRS partner hospital by July 20th. She now waits for her surgery to be scheduled. We feel very privileged to help solve a life-threatening issue that stretched for 15 years. We are also glad we caught Fangdi while the window of opportunity for curative surgery is still open. “Racing against time” is not just a slogan, but a reality for Fangdi. Thank you for taking part in supporting children like Fangdi with us. We wish Fangdi and her family the best, and hope to bring you good news soon. Background information: Fangdi, female, 15yrs old, Tetralogy of Fallot, First contact with LRS on July 19th, 2011. Project Page Little Red Scarf on Campus
Our Little Red Scarf volunteer team recently placed a publicity booth at Lanzhou Northwest Normal University to encourage students going back to their home towns and villages to help find sick children that need the support of Little Red Scarf. We made a big map and asked all interested students to mark their destinations using sticky notes with their contact info. What an encouragement to see the map of Gansu slowly being covered with notes, the passion the students showed, and the possibility of finding and saving more children! When we mentioned of a thank-you package for students who found a child, the most common response was “ That’s not necessary; the chance to save a life is rewarding enough!” See event photos here, here and here. News and Updates
Shoe Box Project - Thank you to the children and families from Calgary Chinese School, Calgary, Canada, who participated in the Shoe Box Project to give a box full of gifts from one child to another. We welcome all schools or student organizations to build cross-cultural friendships by sharing love with LRS children in Western China.
Farewell: Ms Liu, a beloved member of our on-site staff at Lanzhou Military General Hospital, recently left our team for family reasons. The dedication and love Ms Liu showed children and families over the past 1.5 years won her the nickname ”Mother Liu” among patients. Her work was deeply appreciated and we wish her all the best in this next season.
Operation Smile Lanzhou Partnership – This month we partnered with Operation Smile in their Lanzhou mission trip to treat children with cleft palates and lips in the Northwest region. The team visited Lanzhou for 1 week, and our staff had the chance to assist them in post-operation care for the children. We look forward to other partnering opportunities in the near future.
Good Samaritans Medical Dental Ministry (GSMDM) Partnership – In mid-July, Little Red Scarf had an opportunity to partner with GSMDM on their two-week medical mission trip to Hue, Vietnam. Due to local conditions, many last-minute changes were made to our operations there, but we were thankful for the chance to support Vietnamese children with congenital heart disease.
Children in Waiting: 21 Hospitalized: 21 Discharged: 22 In hospital now: 14
Surgeries Done in 2011: 132 Total Surgeries : 533 (updated: July 25)
Goal for End of 2011 : 800 Goal Completion 66.6%
A very special thanks to our donors this month:
Anonymous Donation $50.00 Total funds raised :$35,900.00
Hear the LRS children say thank you!
Haimei: Diagnosed at 1 yr old; dropped out of school by 7. Did not receive treatment until 17, after LRS sponsorship. See herproject page.
Xinyue: 7 months old, with 4 heart failure crises within three months of CHD diagnosis. Prolonged hospitalization post-op. Parents are young and extremely poor. Given LRS special sponsorship. See herproject page
Leilei: Last month’s focus story. Thank you to those who showed concern for him. See his project page.
The Ping and Amy Chao Family Foundation was founded in California’s Silicon Valley in 2005 by Ping Chao and his wife Amy Chao. The foundation aims to fund and nurture initiatives improving the health and well-being of children and youth in economically disadvantaged regions throughout the world; p
The Little Red Scarf is an alliance of non-profit organizations and individuals focused on loving underprivileged children with congenital heart disease in Gansu Province. It is the result of the cooperation of three US charities: the Ping and Amy Chao Family Foundation, the Chinese Christian Herald
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