Haoran Ma is a two and half years old boy from Gansu Province, China. Haoran’s home is located in a remote mountain area where the people have very limited land for farming. The only crop there is corn. Haoran’s family can make about US $150 by farming. There are 7 people in his family. The family members include his grandparents, his parents, his older sister, older brother and him. His brother and sister are both in elementary school. His grandparents are about 60 years old.
Haoran’s father works about 4 months at some building construction sites to make money to support the family. His father can make about US $1,700 which is the main income for the family. Because of Haoran’s heart disease, he always gets sick and needs treatment at the hospital. His family has spent over US $5,600 for his treatments. His family borrowed lots of money from their relatives to pay the medical bills. It is very difficult for them to borrow more money to pay for his open-heart surgery. Haoran’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer early this year. She is receiving some treatments now.
Haoran arrived at Memphis, TN on May 24 for open heart surgery at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. A volunteer, Jackie Feng, brought him to the US because the child’s mother cannot make the trip due to her cancer treatments. Jackie Feng worked for Chinese Agape as a medical coordinator in China for more than ten years. He volunteered his time to take care of the child for about 4 -5 weeks.
Haoran Ma and Jackie Feng is staying at FedEx Family House which is only one or two blocks away from the hospital. The Chinese from the local church is helping to provide transportation, food and other necessities. With the help of so many donors and volunteers, it makes it possible to give a new life to this baby boy!
Update: June 1, 2016
Cute little Haoran Ma had his heart surgery this afternoon at 1 pm. Last Friday, he had a heart cauterization to determine his heart pressure before proceeding with a surgery this week. His doctor determined he did not need further treatment to control his pulmonary pressure. He has cried some in the hospital because he is scared of the doctors and nurses.
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