Project #10838

Cure child heart disease in Yunnan Province, China

by China California Heart Watch
Little Liu
Little Liu

Little Liu is nine years old.  Her family are tea farmers in the Puer region of Yunnan Province.  They earn $2000 per year from selling tea leaves to the local manufacturers. 

Little Liu was born with a near complete blockage in the main artery of her heart, the aorta.  She also has a partial blockage of her mitral valve. These two blockages force blood back into her lungs and flood her lung’s airspaces with water.  She has to go to the hospital frequently so doctors can give her medicines to get rid of the extra fluid. 

She cannot live much longer without expensive surgery available at West China Hospital in Chengdu, China.  The surgery will cost $13000. Her family can raise only about $5000.  They need your help now.  Please donate to help this child live.

Shang Zhong and his family
Shang Zhong and his family

Please celebrate this Giving Tuesday by donating to save the lives of children in Yunnan Province and supporting the continued work of the China California Heart Watch. Your donations directly support China Cal’s work: paying for life-saving heart surgeries for children in need, and supporting the screening program that finds the children before it’s too late.

How have your donations saved lives in 2016?

Meet Little Luo. Just this past month, your donations allowed us to provide life-saving surgeries that put Little Luo, who is now five months old, back on track to live a healthy, productive life. Little Luo’s critical congenital heart disease (pulmonary valve atresia) was detected because of China Cal’s newborn screening program and in October he underwent corrective surgery at one of China Cal’s partner hospitals. Your donations made this possible -- without our screening program, we never would have found Little Luo in time, and without your direct financial support, his family never would have been able to afford the necessary surgeries.

Little Luo was able to spend Thanksgiving with his family in Midu County. His young mother and father, who have a small orchard in Midu, called China Cal recently and asked to thank all of you for saving their son’s life. Please join us in wishing Little Luo a long, happy life and please donate [insert Global Giving link] so that China Cal can help others like him.

How can your donations save lives now and in 2017?

Shang Zhong, soon to reach his first birthday. He has serious congenital heart defects and your donations will go to pay for the surgeries he needs to save his life and give him a chance at a healthy future. His family are farmers in Long Chuan County and have done everything they can to raise money, selling their both their cows and this year's entire crop of sugarcane, but they are still nowhere near the 50,000 RMB that will pay for the surgeries Shang Chao Zhong needs to save his life. They have nowhere else to turn, and your donations will help save his life.

Little Wang
Little Wang

Little Wang (name changed to protect identity) is a 7 year old boy who lives in Wu Hu Town in Tengchong County, Yunnan Province. His family are farmers, and their income last year was about $4800 USD. Little Wang was born with a congenital heart defect in which he had only one working heart chamber, instead of two. Unlike many other children with the same condition, Little Wang is lucky because the nature of his particular disease is such that, even at this relatively late stage, it can be cured with surgery. Operations for this kind of heart disease cost about $8000 USD in China--equivalent to about two years' worth of income for his family. The live-saving surgery is only partially covered by health insurance for families living in rural areas (approximately 10%), and Chinese charitable foundations have agreed to donate $2400 USD. Little Wang's family needs an additional $5600 USD to pay for his surgery. This is the amount we hope to raise via Global Giving during the 2016 holidays and "giving season."

Li Li today, at age 19
Li Li today, at age 19

Li Li lives with her mother and younger brother in one of the poorest places in China, Cang Yuan County in Yunnan Province. In her town, farming families live in bamboo huts without running water or electricity and have yearly incomes of a few hundred dollars. In 2012, at the age of 15, Li Li lost her father to severe pancreatic disease. That same year, her heart disease (mitral stenosis and regurgitation) began to get worse. Soon, she could only walk a few steps before becoming short of breath, and she could no longer attend school.

Staff of the China California Heart Watch first met Li Li in 2012, when visiting her hometown. At the time, it was easy to see that Li Li had only about a year to live if nothing was done to correct her heart defects. The China California Heart Watch referred Li Li to a famous cardiac surgeon, Professor An Qi at Cheng Du West China Hospital, and through the generous support of our donors, we were able to fund her surgery.

Professor An replaced her deformed valve with a prosthesis. Unfortunately, however, that was only the beginning. A few days after her surgery, Li Li developed a fever. Tests showed that she had an infection on her new valve. Upon hearing this news, China California Heart Watch staff immediately flew to Cheng Du and met with Professor An and the infectious disease team at West China Hospital. Antibiotic treatment was started and continued for six weeks to rid her body and her new valve of the infection. Six weeks later, Li Li returned to her home town in Cang Yuan County with her mother and brother. Today, Li Li travels two hours every week to the country hospital for blood tests, so she can regulate her blood thinning medicine.

Li Li returned to school and China Cal visited in Cang Yuan County Hospital last month. We learned that Li Li can now climb the stairs at school and help her mother with house and garden work. The local Federation for Disabled Persons helps her family. She studies hard every day, and she wants to attend university and become a doctor.

Who made this possible? You, our supporters and donors, gave this bright girl the chance to be healthy. She now has hope, and she wishes to serve her country and other children in the future. Please keep helping the China California Heart Watch in its efforts to bring attention to and reduce the suffering of children living with heart disease in Yunnan.

15 year old Liang
15 year old Liang

About three months ago, the China California Heart Watch identified two young children in need of your help.

First is Liang, a 15 year old girl from Zhaotong Prefecture in Yunnan Province. Her Mom and Dad are farmers, and their income is only 5000 Yuan (about $800) per year. She has severe leakage of one of her heart valves, which is abnormally formed, a condition known as tricuspid valve incompetence. This condition is relatively rare and surgical treatment is expensive and can only be done at special centers. Liang is frequently short of breath and cannot participate in physical education or dance classes, though her dream is to learn Chinese and Western classical ballet. Fortunately, Liang can receive excellent surgical treatment from Professor Wu Qin Yu of Beijing’s Qing Hua University Hua Xin Affiliate Hospital. The China California Heart Watch was able to raise $3000 at a benefit dinner for Liang on January 24, but she needs another $7,000 to cover the cost of her surgical treatment in Beijing.

Finally, Xing is a 6 year old boy with complex congenital heart disease. Both his aorta and his pulmonary artery are attached to the same ventricle and his aorta is partially blocked, a condition known as coarctation. He lives in Teng Chong County, Yunnan. His father and mother are farmers. Their total yearly income is 30,000 yuan (about $4,800). Xing was born with only one pumping chamber in his heart instead of two chambers. This is a very severe kind of heart disease that should be corrected in infancy. Xing is lucky because the nature of his heart disease is such that, even at this relatively late age, it can be cured with surgery. Operation for this kind of heart disease costs about 50,000 yuan ($8,000) or about two years income for this family. This surgery is only partially covered by rural health insurance (10%) and not at all by Chinese charitable foundations. Xing’s family can raise 15,000 yuan ($2,400). They need an additional 35,000 yuan ($5,600) to pay for their son’s surgery.

Can you help the China California Heart Watch ensure that each child has access to the surgeries they need by making a donation today?

Thank you for your kind and continued support.

6 year old Xing
6 year old Xing

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China California Heart Watch

Location: Silverado, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Robert Detrano
Silverado, CA United States
$34,709 raised of $41,000 goal
532 donations
$6,291 to go
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