Monday, April 21, 2008

Haodi Update: The Severely Burned Child from China Again Recovering in Boston

For a 2-year-old burn victim, it must be hard to understand why she has to leave her friends and family behind in China, only to experience increased physical pain from yet another surgery. Sheng Zheng Wei, nicknamed Haodi, from Shandong Province, China, is feeling the pain of an operation two weeks ago and is now receiving therapy twice a week.

Her first trip to Boston in 2007 saved her life. This current visit to Shriners Burn Hospital is to continue the surgery needed to reconstruct her face after a terrible accident. Haodi was less than 1-year-old when she fell into a pot of boiled noodles in 2006. The burns were so severe, that her neck and chest fused together making it extremely difficult to breath and eat.

Pictured: Now recovering from the beginning of her second round of surgeries on her severe burns, Haodi, takes a cracker break with her mom, at a volunteer’s Boston home.
There was a national outcry for help in the media and on the internet in China.
With the support of donors, Children’s Hope was able to fly Haodi and her mom to Boston on the last day of 2006. It took expert surgery to keep Haodi alive. After nine months of operations and therapy Haodi and her mom were able to go home to family in China. The family knew however, Haodi would have to return to continue with a second round of reconstructive surgery.

Again this March, Children’s Hope flew Haodi and her mom back to Boston, as well as finding volunteer families to assist with transportation and housing. Haodi is now recovering from this first surgery at a volunteer’s home.

The care at Shriners is free, but there are everyday expenses for Hoadi and her mom while in Boston.

If you would like to find out how you can help, click here: Haodi’s Fund.


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