June and July Missions Find, Refer and Support 76 Poor Yunnan Children with Congenital Heart Disease.
The China Cal team of doctors, staff and students examined over 300 children in six counties of Yunnan Province during June and July. Out of these 300 children, the team discovered 76 children with severe heart defects that can be corrected by surgery. China Cal doctors referred these 76 sick children to cardio-vascular centers in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces for treatment.
China Cal’s Grant for Kids Program helps to improve healthcare accessibility by involving both Chinese and foreign charitable foundations to cover treatment costs. These charitable foundations agree to match donations many times over covering the bulk of operation costs, allowing donors to China Cal to have a far greater impact. A lifesaving procedure costing $3000 may be covered through a single $500 donation.
Little Jiang's story
Little Jiang is a 15 year old girl from Mengla County. Her father works 8 months out of the year on the rubber plantation, earning the family about just under $3000 a year. Her mother has been diagnosed with a neurological disease leaving her unable to work. Her little sister is currently attending school. Little Jiang and her family live in a small dormitory provided by the rubber plantation.
Little Jiang came to us because she was experiencing fainting spells, and shortness of breath. Her symptoms became so prominent this past year she was declared unfit to attend school. During her ultrasound exam, Dr. Detrano discovered that Little Jiang has a three chamber heart with only one ventricle. Due to her heart abnormality, Little Jiang will continue to experience a severely diminished quality of life and life expectancy. Fortunately, this past year the renowned Beijing Fu Wai Cardiac hospital has opened a branch in Kunming. There Little Jiang can receive the lifesaving treatment she needs.
Please consider donating to help fund Little Jiang’s surgery. With your help we can ensure that Little Jiang has the opportunity to go back to school and live a normal, healthy life.