Special Care Nursery for Orphaned Babies

 
$31,386
$18,615
Raised
Remaining
Dec 14, 2010

Tiny YiNa's Amazing Recovery

Little YiNa Smiling
Little YiNa Smiling

YiNa was a 7-month-old, tiny, listless baby when she was admitted to The China Care Home. She was immediately taken to the hospital for tests where she was diagnosed with (ventricular septal defect: a 4.4mm hole in her heart). Two days later, she was hospitalized for heart surgery.

The surgery was grueling, but it went well, and YiNa began the long road to recovery. She spent five days in the ICU and another week in the hospital before she returned to The China Care Home.

Under the doting care of The China Care Home's nannies and medical team, YiNa continues her recuperation. Every day, the staff at The China Care Home makes sure that YiNa receives the three kinds of heart medications prescribed by her doctors.

In addition, her nannies play with her and talk to her every day. Slowly YiNa has become stronger. First she started moving her body around on the mat. Then she started grabbing the toys near her, especially the ones that make sounds. Now when YiNa sees the toys on the baby gym, she fiddles with them right away to make sure they make sounds!

Now 8 months old, YiNa's is a smiling, babbling, merry baby, who periodically bursts into joyous laughter. Recently everyone at The China Care Home cheered when YiNa sat up on her own for the first time!

In two months, YiNa will have a full medical checkup, We hope it will confirm what the doctors expect—that YiNa has made  a full recovery and has a normally functioning heart!

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Half the Sky Foundation

Berkeley, California, United States
http://www.halfthesky.org

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Patricia King

Berkeley, CA United States

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