A couple in Shenzhen’s Nanshan district have turned to the media to find help for their 13-month-old baby girl suffering from a rare, unknown disease after spending nearly 100,000 RMB on treatments.
The infant, called Yuanyuan, is the couple’s second child. She’s only grown about 0.05 kg and 10 cm since birth, and now measures in at 50 millimeters and a mere 2.9 kg.
Yuanyuan consumes small amounts of breast milk and “sips” formula through a nasal feed. Her parents say she can express joy through eye-contact and tries to laugh, but can’t make any noises.
Finding help from doctors has exhausted the family’s savings, and the couple still can’t find the cause of Yuanyuan’s rare disease or proper treatment to help.
The couple is now reaching out through media to seek medical experts who could give a formal diagnosis.
After bathing, Yuanyuan’s mother gives the child a body massage to avoid muscular atrophy.
Yuanyuan is malnourished and her immunity is weakening. Her skin dries out easily so her mother applies ointment after bathing.
Yuanyuan’s mom strokes her stomach as it sometimes bulges.
She gets sustenance from baby formula injected through a hose attached to her nose.
Yuanyuan can only sleep two hours at the most per day.
Passersby are often startled to see how little Yuanyuan is.
By Lucy Liu
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