Heart to Heart Surgery Donation from Austen Morris Associates

Heart to Heart Surgery Donation from Austen Morris Associates

Heart to Heart Surgery Donation from Austen Morris Associates 2560 1920 AMA Team

This year Chi Fan for Charity Shanghai organzied by Austen Morris Associates had the privilege of helping five children get their much needed surgeries through Heart to Heart Shanghai. The first of these children, YinYan, Ma Guo, and Li Yuyang arrived in Shanghai on May 5th 2014 to receive their Cardiac Catherization surgeries sponsored by Chi Fan for Charity Shanghai 2014. They were both really doing well just shortly after the surgery and will soon be on their way back to their hometowns with a healed and healthy heart. Their mission is to provide support and financial assistance to indigent Chinese children who require heart surgery, and to provide financial assistance to rural Chinese schools who require libraries and other essentials.
Austen Morris Associates has been involved with Heart to Heart Shanghai for two years. Mr. Greg Morris, Founding Senior Partner, finds that working with Heart to Heart is “one of the most humbling experiences [he has] had in Shanghai in the 16 years that [he has] been here.” Austen Morris Associates’ partnership with Heart to Heart has helped save the lives of 16 children in need. This year Austen Morris Associates’ contributions allowed us to meet one of the impacted children a beautiful girl named Li Yuyuang. James Colclough, Managing Senior Partner, was impacted by Li Yuanyang because she reminded him of his two-year old daughter, “it is amazing to see what an impact we can have on these peoples lives for what we would consider very little, making you want to do more.”
YinYan is four years old and from the Anhui province. She was diagnosed with CHD during a routine checkup one-month after birth, but unfortunately she did not receive the surgery she needed. Her parents had planned a surgery for her in 2012, but unfortunately, at that time, her grandfather was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, and therefore the family had to borrow money in order to save him. In the end, the baby‘s surgery had to be delayed. As a migrant worker in Zhe Jiang, Yin Yuans father is the only one who earns a salary. The limited income only allows them to save RMB 2000 a year, whilst being RMB 80,000 in debt.
The second sponsored child, Ma Guo, is still in ICU as she is still recovering from her open heart surgery. Ma Guo was born with purple lips and nails three months after birth and was diagnosed with CHD. She often has coughs and gets fevers which hinder her from running or playing. Ma Guo’s father had to quit his job and start working part time in order to be close to Ma Guo and her mother who stays at home taking care of both Ma Guo and Ma Guo’s grandfather. Unfortunately, the family’s income only covers her medicine, but is not nearly enough for her surgery. Her CHD condition is a complex and expensive one.
The third child, Li Yuang’s, fevers began in 2012 when she was diagnosed with CHD (VSD). Li Yuang’s parents had Li Yuang when they were below the legal marital age. Due to their lack of a marriage license, Li Yuang was born without a Hukou and no rural medical insurance. Her mother who ran away from home, stays at home taking care of Li Yuang and her father has had to quit his full time job for a part-time job in order to be close to his daughter. The family only has enough money to pay for some of her medications and are RMB 26,000 in debt.
We are lucky to have been able to contribute to the future of these Chinese children’s lives and look forward to the continued partnership.

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