A kindergarten teacher in Heilongjiang has turned to the public to help one of her four-year-old students, who was diagnosed with a malignant ovarian tumor and whose family is in need of money to send her to Shanghai or Beijing for medical treatment.
A medical report from a hospital in Shuangyashan city.
Chu Lili said her student, Xiao Yu, was born on June 21, 2011. She was diagnosed with a malignant tumor at the First Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University last week after suffering severe abdominal pains for about two months.
The family was told by doctors that Xiao Yu needed surgery as soon as possible, but the hospital isn’t able to perform this kind of operation due to its limited medical facilities.
The doctors suggested that family send the girl to a major hospital in either Shanghai or Beijing for treatment.
Xiao Yu has one twin sister. Chu told Shanghaiist that Xiao Yu’s mother was carrying triplets, but one of them turned out to be a parasitic twin, a rare abnormality that occurs when two embryos do not fully separate from one another and one ceases development during gestation. The mass was believed to have turned into a malignant tumor.
A diagnosis report from a local hospital in Jiamusi with doctor Yang Xiaofeng’s signature.
Chu Lily, Xiao Yu’s teacher.
“Xiao Yu was quite bright and lovely before she was diagnosed with the medical condition. She was more extroverted than her sister. She’s become more unwilling to talk with me after frequently suffering from abdominal pain and fever,” Chu told Shanghaiist. “I still remember the first day she came to our kindergarten. She was very happy and always arrived to school early every day. I miss that.”
Xiao Yu has an 11-year-old brother who is a student at Zhongshan Middle School. Her dad, a migrant worker, does odd jobs to support the whole family while her mother takes care of the children and does some farming.
After receiving her diagnosis at the Harbin hospital, Xiao Yu’s family brought her back home to the Lingdong district of Shuangyashan city, Heilongjiang province to raise money for her surgery. She’s become emaciated due to the severe pains in her abdomen. Doctors, meanwhile, advised the family not to give the girl any medicine as it might have negative effects on her health.
When her stomach hurts, they can only try to soothe the pain by stroking her abdomen, said Li Shanji, Xiao Yu’s mother.
The local residents make donation for Xiao Yu.
“She’s only four years old. Her life has barely started yet. I’m hoping the public can help her, help our family,” Li told Shanghaiist. “And I won’t give up helping her.”
We’re pleased to learn that the local community has started raising money for Xiao Yu, and Chu said that she’s waiting for the girl to return to school.
Xiao Yu’s mother Li Shanji’s (李善姬) can be reached via her phone number (133 5106 1881) or her on WeChat (870838478).
Those seeking to donate to Xiao Yu’s treatment can transfer funds to bank account No. 6210982600039168123.
By Lucy Liu
[Pictures courtesy of Chu Lili]