Zunqiao: 2-year-old girl in critical condition after drinking cleaning agent

Mrs. Wang lost her husband years ago and is now remarried. She lives in a rural village in China where she raises pigs to support her family. After deducting costs of animal feed, each pig can only generate a profit of around 100 yuan ($16). With such a meager income, Wang was left in a desperate situation when a tragic accident happened to her oldest daughter Zunqiao (below) a few months ago.

 


The baby girl was rushed to the ER after drinking a strongly alkaline cleaning agent which she thought was bottled water. Her throat and stomach were severely burned. Worst of all, the doctors at that hospital—and several other ones—refused to provide treatment to Zunqiao because her condition was too serious. Wang soon found a private clinic that was willing to register Zunqiao as their patient. After undergoing treatment for some time, Zunqiao’s health stabilized and her fever subsided. Nonetheless, the space in her throat grew more and more narrow, which kept her from eating and drinking normally. Zunqiao is now almost two years old, but her diet can only consist of mild liquid substances such as soy milk and congee.

 

Due to the complexity of Zunqiao’s condition, Wang has to take her daughter to a large children’s hospital in Eastern China from time to time for advanced medical procedures. So far, Zunqiao has had 4 surgeries at that hospital with costs totaling more than 90,000 yuan ($14,108), which Wang paid mostly by borrowing money from relatives and friends.
 

“Zunqiao’s throat will continue to narrow as the scabs on her wounds thicken,” the doctors said. “We suggest performing a surgery on Zunqiao every two months to remove the scabs so that she can ingest properly. When the child turns six, we may need to install a supporting device in her throat. The end of this device will have to protrude from her nostrils and rest on her ears. This operation cannot be done at an earlier age because Zunqiao would not be able to withstand the discomfort that ensues. If she scratches the device, it may lead to fatal bleeding.”

 


 

Last month, field workers from our Baby Shower Program visited Mrs. Wang and Zunqiao (above) at their local home after they returned from the city. Zunqiao was feeling very sick and had been vomiting whatever food she consumed. This continuous vomiting left Zunqiao hungry yet lacking in appetite. It was heartbreaking for our workers to see a toddler suffer in such ways. A few days after their visit, Wang took Zunqiao on a trip to the children’s hospital again, hoping to use the money she recently earned from selling her young pigs to pay for another round of treatment for her daughter. Every time Zunqiao goes to the hospital for a surgery, around 15,000 yuan ($2,351) is added to the family’s expense.
 



Because of Zunqiao’s special needs, we are launching a campaign to raise funds for her family. Before 2015 ends, would you consider making a donation to cover some of Zunqiao’s medical costs? One-hundred percent of your donation will go to Zunqiao. All U.S. office overhead costs are generously underwritten by The Jenzabar Foundation. Thank you for supporting All Girls Allowed’s mission to “simply love her in Jesus’ name”!

 

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All Girls Allowed (http://www.allgirlsallowed.org) was founded by Chai Ling in 2010 with a mission to display the love of Jesus by restoring life, value and dignity to girls and mothers in China and revealing the injustice of the One-Child Policy.  “In Jesus’ Name, Simply Love Her.”

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