Related News

Home » Metro » Health and Science

Girl recovers from major heart surgery

A THREE-YEAR-OLD girl with severe congenital heart disease has recovered after receiving surgery at Shanghai Yodak Cardio-Thoracic Hospital, thanks to a national project giving medical help to needy children with heart defects.

Doctors from Shanghai Yodak said yesterday that the girl will be discharged on Wednesday and will grow up a healthy child.

Tian Xiaoxue is an adopted daughter of a poor, elderly farmer's family in Bozhou, Anhui Province. She was abandoned 10 days after delivery and was found by Tian Xingcai by the roadside on a snowy Christmas Eve in 2005.

Tian and his wife decided to adopt the girl and named her Xiaoxue, meaning snow.

The girl seemed like a gift from Santa Claus, but she started having a fever and difficulty breathing three days after she was found by the family, which used up all its meager income on her treatment.

"I just have a simple belief that the child won't die so young," said Tian Xingcai. "It is my destiny and it is her destiny. We will try our best to raise her no matter how hard it is."

The family finally had their hope rewarded last month.

A group of doctors went to Anhui to provide free medical consultation and treatment under China Heart Hope, a project set up by the Children's Welfare League of China, which was set up by the China Association of Social Work and Shanghai Yodak Cardio-Thoracic Hospital.

A comprehensive checkup found the girl had tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect which involves four abnormalities.

Doctors decided to bring her to Shanghai for free surgery.

"The girl was in a severe condition when she arrived," said Dr Wang Yifan from Shanghai Yodak. "She could have died any time if she developed a serious lung infection and started bleeding in the deformed blood vessels in her heart."

After a thorough discussion and preparation, doctors carried out the successful surgery on June 17.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend