This is the story of a little girl from from Jiangsu Province. Her Name is Wie Xinyue and was not even 6 months when she came to hospital. This is her story:
Wei Xinyue was diagnosed with CHD on Jan 1, 2016. Only 10 days after she was born. She had a lung infection and was in the hospital for 10 days. She went home and got another infection 2 days later. Surgery was suggested to fix her heart so she could gain strength.
There are 6 members in the family - her grandparents, parents and a 2 year old sister. The grandparents both work on the farm and their income is around 1000 yuan (100USD) a year. The father works as a laborer on a construction field earns around 10,000 yuan (1000 USD) a year. The mother stays home taking care of the children.
The grandparents are both physically weak and they have been taking medicine. The grandfather had cardiac surgery last year which cost RMB 70,000. (7000USD) He still needs to take medicine. He was then in an accident in December and the family borrowed money again for his medical treatment.
Information and photo provided by H2H
I had the chance to meet Wei Xinyue a few days after she had undergone open heart surgery at Yodak hospital. She was still in the recovery station where visitors are allowed to stay only for a very short time. Even the family can not stay with the child longer. For this reason I unfortunately did not get the chance to meet the mother and ayi to take their family pictures.
This was my fifth and most emotional meeting with a sponsored child. Being a mother myself I could not help but feeling slightly overwhelmed by this little one who was still monitored by machines and looked ever so lost in this big hospital bed.
I felt like I wanted to pick her up, cuddle her and tell her that everything is going to be ok. I can not imagine what it must be like for the parents to see their child in this condition. But giving it a second thought I think they must have been ever so relieved for their little girl to receive this life saving surgery after all. Now Wei Xinyue stands a chance to live a life in this world.
A week after my visit Karen from H2H informed me that Wei Xinyue had recovered well enough to return home to Jiangsu Province.
I could not have been more relieved about this message as for this was - so far - my last child which I could help sponsoring whilst living in Shanghai.
Thank you to all those wonderful people that let me capture their precious moments and stories
Their donation of the photo shootings were a major contribution towards Wei Xinyue´s Heart surgery.
Another "Circle of happiness" is complete!
"Share the happiness" is a personal charity project. 20% of each photo shooting are going towards sponsoring a heart surgery with Heart to Heart.
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