Through A Gift Beyond Compare series, we’ll be sharing stories of Chinese children with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) who, thanks to the generosity of our community and the hard work of Heart to Heart Shanghai, have fully recovered from their life-changing surgeries.
This is part two of a five-part series. Read more here:
Meet Cai Yiming:
Cai Yiming comes from a family of six, counting his grandparents, parents and an eight-year-old sister. Yiming’s mother looks after the children as well as the grandparents. The grandparents are now too old to work and suffering from chronic disease. This leaves the father, as the sole income earner. He provides for the family by farming on their five acres of rice paddies and helping the local villages build houses and perform manual work from time to time.
When Cai Yiming was just three months old, he went to the county hospital for an examination because of his poor feeding and slow growth. Doctors initially discovered that he had a heart defect. Then, after attending a larger hospital, it was confirmed that Yiming would require corrective heart surgery.
With the family earning 10,000 RMB a year and already 10,000 RMB in debt from having to buy long-term medication for the grandparents, a miracle was needed. That miracle came in the form of SCIS donations to Heart to Heart Shanghai! Cai Yiming underwent a successful operation and is now fully recovered and ready to start his new life as a boy without heart problems.
Meet Lin ShengLin Sheng, a three-year-old boy from Fujian province, comes from a family of five, living with his two parents and two grandparents. The grandfather used to do odd jobs on construction sites until he fell down some stairs not long ago, hurting his back and foot in the process. He is now resting at home and being looked after by the grandmother. Meanwhile, Sheng’s father works in a factory, earning approximately 20,000 RMB a year and sending as much money back home as possible.
Lin Sheng was found to have Tetralogy of Fallot (ToF), a complex heart defect, soon after his birth. In December 2016, Sheng underwent the first operation to correct the TOF at Yodak Cardio-Thoracic Hospital in Shanghai. However, he would soon require a second surgery to complete the correction process, but, with the family unable to borrow enough money to cover the costs, the family was left with little hope.
Due to the generosity and hard work of our community, Lin Sheng was able to have his second surgery and has fully recovered since!
Heart to Heart is a non-profit and fully volunteered organization that relies 100% on the kindness of others. The charity provides corrective surgery for Chinese children with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) whose parents are unable to cover the cost.
SCIS. A Caring Community.