Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Surgery Day Scheduled for Burned Chinese Girl

Haodi enjoying time away from the
hospital in a suburban Boston park
Her eyes tell the true story, Haodi (Zhengwei Sheng), doesn’t want to have yet another surgery. But tomorrow, her Shriners Burn Hospital surgeon will have her wheeled into the operating room so he can release the tension within the reconstructed tissue on the 6-year-old’s neck and chest. 

This is Haodi’s third trip, from her home in China, to Shriners in Boston for treatment of her extensive burns. When she was only one, a pot of boiling noodles poured down her face. Because of improper burn treatment back in China, her chin eventually fused to her chest. Children’s Hope International helped Haodi travel to the United States to receive world class burn care at Shriners in 2007, 2008 and for this current surgery.

After tomorrow’s surgery, Haodi will have about 6 weeks of therapy and recovery time before she and her mother will return home.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Water for India

One of the two wells drilled last week from the donations of
 the students of the Academy of Sacred Heart School in St. Charles, Missouri 
There are now 7000 more people who have safe water to drink after seven new wells were bored in India last week. The elders from these slums villages, on the eastern coast of India, have been waiting for years for water-wells to be drilled for their families.

With the 32 wells bored so far this year, over 32,000 people no longer have to fear the water they drink. In the past, all of these villagers used the local drainage pond for their drinking water. Over the past two years, Children’s Hope International donors have provided for the construction of 65 wells.  

There are still 230 villages, in the southern reaches of the state of Andhra Pradesh, on the waiting list for a new well.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Families Bring Color to Ethiopa's House of Hope

Using cheerful colored paints and playful decals, three Children's Hope families transformed 12 rooms of the Children's Hope transition home in Addis Ababa. Thanks for hauling all that paint and supplies to Ethiopia to make for an even more child friendly home.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Burned Chinese Girl in Route to Boston Hospital

Haodi traveled first to Beijing in order to fly to the U.S. for burn treatment
For the third time in five years, Zhengwei Sheng, known as Haodi, is traveling from China to Shriners Boston Burn Hospital for treatment. The six year old girl left Beijing this morning with her mother in order to receive additional surgery on her badly burned upper torso and face.

When Haodi was only one, a pot of boiling noodles poured on her from the stove above. Her chin then fused to her chest because of improper burn treatment in her rural China hospital. Several months later Children’s Hope International-China was alerted to Haodi’s critical condition and so then arranged for the world class care at Shriners in Boston.

While receiving months of free treatment at Shriners in both 2007 and 2008, dozens of Chinese immigrants in Boston have embraced Haodi and her mother with loving kindness. Donors to Children’s Hope have given to pay for travel and living expenses during all three trips.

As Haodi’s body grows the scarring does not. So she requires surgery to release the reconstructed tissue so that she can breathe easier with less constriction on her throat and chest. The surgery and therapy will take about a three month stay in Boston.

Thank you volunteers and of course thank you Shriners! 


You can help with Haodi and other China medical projects
by Giving Now

View a photo diary of Haodi's treatment over the years. This page is written in Chinese, but her photos tell her story.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Li Qing’s Daughter to have Surgery in China

This new born's mother died shortly after birth and now she is fighting to live
July update from the Children's Hope Beijing Office:
Thanks to donor support in the US and China, Baby Love's (Li Qing's daughter) first stage of treatment is completely paid and the second stage is currently taken care of as well. A group of loving moms have donated formula; there are many donating diapers. This group effort has saved this little girl! We will update when her last surgery is complete, when she is able to return home.   

Original article posted 5-20-2011
Seven days after giving birth to her pre-term baby daughter*, Li Qing died. Now her baby’s life is in danger. She was born with rectal atresia, which is a blockage in the bowels. Two surgeries are needed so the child can survive. After the first operation was performed, the hospital was going to discharge her, even though she only weighed three and a half pounds. The father had exhausted all his savings in paying the hospital for the attempt to save his wife’s life and, for his daughter’s special post natal care and surgery. He was out of money, so the hospital told him they could no longer treat his daughter.
Melody Zhang- CHI China, with caregiver
treating the baby's surgical wound

Children’s Hope-China was called to help. Melody Zhang, CHI Beijing Director, went to meet the father and his new baby at the hospital. She was impressed with the father’s desire to do what it takes to save his daughter’s life.

Children’s Hope will help in this fight for life. Li Qing’s baby is now waiting to get healthy enough for the second surgery. This is called a "Phase II esophageal atresia surgery" and will cost around 20,000RMB ($3000) - plus the hospital stay and the 20,000RMB ($3000) for the first surgery. Total expenses will get close to $15,000.

*Chinese parents traditionally don’t name their babies until 100 days after birth

Give to Help Li Qing's Daughter  China Orphan Medical

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