Since 2013, Shanghai Community International School has been a proud sponsor of Heart to Heart, a Shanghai-based charity that provides support and financial assistance to Chinese children with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD).
Last year alone, SCIS raised over 300,000 RMB in total towards live-saving heart surgeries. Together, our caring community has given ten children with CHD new lives and hope for the future, something that they will probably never had before. A gift beyond compare.
To celebrate, we’ll be sharing stories of these children after they have successfully recovered from surgeries that not only saved their lives but transformed the lives of their entire families.
Meet Li Tianqi:
Li Tianqi is a five-year-old boy from Guizhou province. When he was just four months old, Tianqi was taken to the hospital for an exam after experiencing some digestive problems. Initially, the doctors thought he had a simple case of Ventricular Septal Defect or VSD, a non-life-threatening complication of the heart.
When he came to Yodak Cardio-Thoracic Hospital in Shanghai for the procedure, it was found that he actually had a very complex defect that would require extensive surgery. His parents were left in despair with no way to afford the very expensive surgery. But, with the help of our SCIS community, Tianqi and his family were able to get help from Heart to Heart.
Li Tianqi comes from a family of six, counting his grandparents, parents, and a 12 year-old-sister. Of the Miao Minority, the family’s used to rely solely on income from farming until their fields were expropriated. And, with the grandparents now too old to work, Tianqi’s parents are left alone to provide for the rest of the family. With the surgery now successful, they intended to look for work outside of their home.
Meet Zhang Luoyi
The second child to be sponsored through SCIS’s fundraising efforts is Zhang Luoyi. A nine-year-old from Fujian Province, Luoyi lives with his mother and his bed-ridden great-grandmother. His mother tends to their acre of land, growing rice, while the father works as a security guard in the city of Fuzhou, sending as much money back home as possible. He also has a 15-year-old sister who is in school.
Shortly after his birth, it was found that Zhuang Luoyi had Tetralogy of Fallot (ToF), a complex heart defect. With a weakened immune system, he would often fall sick and have purple lips and fingertips.
A low-income family and already 80,000 RMB in debt from medical expenses, it became apparent that Luoyi would need corrective heart surgery immediately. But with his mother earning very little from farming and their father earing around 12,000 RMB a year, they were unable to borrow more money. The funds from the SCIS Heart to Heart fundraising came in at just the right time.
We are happy to say that both boys have now fully recovered and have been giving a chance at life again!
Heart to Heart is a non-profit and fully volunteered organization that relies 100% on the kindness of others. Led by Karen Carrington, Executive Director at Heart to Heart Shanghai, 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.