Li Xuan Wei
Li Xuan Wei is from a remote village in Dingxi County which is one of the poorest counties in China. Dingxi County is a mountainous area and ecological degradation is severe in this region. There are 5 people in her family including her grandfather, parents, and her older brother. Her old brother goes to school (he is wearing his school uniform in the picture). Her family has only a little land where they grow corn, potatoes, and wheat. They harvest so few crops that the crops do not even provide enough food for the whole family. Her father has to find physical labor jobs in the local city so he can make money to support the rest of the family. Her grandpa is over 80 years old and is taken care of by her mother. Her grandma passed away because of breast cancer a couple of years ago. They spent over $8,000 (US dollars) for the cancer treatment for the grandma, most of which was borrowed from their relatives and friends.
Li Xuan Wei was born with CHD and easily gets sick. After she was admitted to the hospital last month, she received treatment for pulmonary hypertension which causes a high risk for open-heart surgery.