Zishuai Yu is a two year old heart patient from Guilin, Guangxi Province in China. He had heart surgery April 14th and was discharged April 22nd from The No. 181 Hospital of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.
Here is info we received from Zishui’s parents:
“The grandparents, Zishuai, his twin brother and his parents all live in the same house. The grandparents are over 70 years old. They cannot work in the fields but help with some housework. Grandmother has high blood pressure and needs to take medicine all the time. Grandfather has diabetes and takes medicine every day. We have three acres of land and our total income from selling crops will be less than $1,000 a year. We tried three or four times for a test tube baby. The procedure cost us over $15,000 and our family was nearly broke.
After Zishuai was born, we discovered that he not only has congenital heart disease, but also has inguinal hernia. Zishuai’s health is not good and gets sick very often. We have spent lots of money on his medical treatments which adds extreme financial burdens to the family. We borrowed $300 from our relatives recently to come to the hospital for Zishuai’s surgery. His medical insurance will cover 70% of the surgery cost. We don’t have enough money to pay for the surgery, so we contacted the local Civil Affair Office to see whether they could help our son financially. They didn’t give us an answer yet because we are not an officially approved “poor household” (the government will only give financial assistance to approved poor households). It is our family’s situation right now and we don’t know what else we can do to save our son’s life except to ask for your help. “
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