Thursday, October 22, 2009

Visiting Mianyang, in the heart of earthquake hit Sichuan

With a two hour flight west of Beijing early this morning, I was on time for lunch with a bunch of great kids at a Buddhist run orphanage. In this remote location south of Mianyang, the children are getting an excellent education by four retired school teachers. Several kids from this orphanage have gone on to universities. We worked off our lunch with several rounds of ping pong.

After an hour long drive back to the north of Mianyang, I met a little girl whose chance at ever walking may depend on us. This little 18-month-old orphan has severe club feet that need immediate attention. Because of the complexity of the surgeries, the Chinese government may not pay for the procedures. She'll have to be taken from Mianyang to a orthopedic specialist hospital in Beijing in order for this to be properly repaired. I will keep you up on the status of her surgery options.

Tomorrow I will visit one of the CHI - Hope Centers in the area near Mianyang that was devastated by the 2008 earthquake.
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