Update: March 1, 2016
Burn patient, Liang, had his fourth surgery on Friday, February 26, 2016 and went home the following Wednesday. During this surgery, work was completed on his right armpit, his arm, his wrist, his groin area and behind his right knee. He is wearing a body suit to help prevent scars from growing larger. He may go back to China in the fall when the weather is cooler, because if he returns to China during the summer months, it would be too hot to wear his protective body suit as no air conditioning is available.
Medical Mission Story:
Recently, in December, he had additional surgeries to release the skin under his left arm and wrist. His surgery also included a release and graft on his ear. These were performed at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Cincinnati, Ohio.
On November 20, 2013 Xin Liang’s mother took him to their neighbor’s house to help prepare a wedding dinner. She left Xin Liang alone to play, and he tragically fell into a boiling chicken soup which was on the ground. The family rushed him to the local hospital, but because his condition was so severe he was transferred to the 2nd People’s Hospital of Yibin City that night. After 2 nights in the hospital his family could no longer afford to pay for treatments, and he was sent home.
The local clinic gave him IV antibiotics and treated him with traditional Chinese medicine and herbs in order to stave off infection. With the help of some local volunteers, Xin Liang was admitted to Southwest Hospital an affiliate of Third Military Medical University for additional treatments on November 28th. After volunteers raised some additional funds, several skin graft surgeries were performed, but he was discharged in May when money ran out again and he was sent home.
As the scars on his body grew thicker, they began to affect the normal function of his arms and legs. He will need several more reconstructive surgeries and therapies to correct this, but we are proud to have been part of bringing him to Shriners Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati to get him the treatments he needs to begin improving.
Xin Liang lived with his parents, two older sisters and grandparents in a small village in Sichuan Province. It is typical for three to four generations of the same family to live together in the same house like this in that part of China. His aging grandparents have poor health and take ongoing medications for conditions that make it difficult to help in the family fields. His mother Qiyan Yang stays at home and works the fields planting vegetables rice and other crops to feed the family. His father Yong Liang works in the local city to raise money for the family, but returns home during the busy seasons for planting and harvesting.
After the accident the family used all their savings to help save Xin’s life, and are currently carrying the burden of debts exceeding more than $9000. We are grateful to donors like you for making it possible to help this child and his family in their time of need.
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