We were visiting a hospital in Zhengzhou, Henan, China in April 2004 when a surgeon from the local hospital told us about a four-year-old girl who had been abandoned by her mother in the hospital lobby. Her name was Wang Zhen Zhen. Her mother and a motorcycle taxi had brought her to the hospital because she had a stroke. Her mother and the taxi driver were never seen again, and the police could not find them.
The hospital would not help her because the deposit by the taxi driver was not enough payment for her care – but the nurses were keeping her at the nurse’s station giving her oxygen to keep her alive and bringing food each day from their homes. We went to the nurse’s station to see her and told the surgeon that we would send the funds for her open-heart surgery.
She has a severe congenital heart defect. She was a baby which usually does not live when born in China – ninety percent of them reportedly die soon after birth (but ZhenZhen had survived as the exception). She also had an abscess on her brain and was partially paralyzed. We were informed by the surgeon that she was inoperable and would die soon. We arranged to have her transferred to Wuhan in hopes of finding a surgeon to attempt to save her life. The surgery was successful, and a by-pass was completed. She developed a bad case of pneumonia and then she contracted measles. We did not expect her to live – but, she came through both and was still strong.
Over the next several years we had cardiologists from the US and China examine her to see if there was a way to save her life. Each time we were told that she was inoperable. Finally, with the recommendation of a surgical team, she had a second heart by-pass which would help her live longer. When we closed the North Canton Care Center, she moved to the Neil Taylor Care Center in Rongshui, where she is living now. She is no longer able to attend school as she is too weak to climb the stairs and take part in regular school activities.
Most recently, ZhenZhen has fainted several times and during the Chinese New Year holidays she was diagnosed with lingering effects of the strokes she has had in the past. We have decided to take her to Wuhan and she is currently there with the help of OB. She has been seeing cardiologists in the hospitals that cared for her more than a dozen years ago. They are suggesting a new procedure on her heart to increase her blood flow.
Please consider donating to ZhenZhen’s medical care and join us in praying for her and her doctors as they seek ways to provide comfort and healing for her.