Babies born during Wenchuan earthquake turn 3

16:19, April 14, 2011      

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Little Zhenyang goes home with mom happily after kindergarten. (Wang Jing/People's Dajily Online)

Children who were born May 12, 2008, the day when a devastating earthquake jolted southwest China, have been called "earthquake baby". Chen Zhenyang, who lives in Mianyang city in Sichuan Province, is one of them. On May 12, little Zhenyang celebrated his third birthday.

According to his mother Zhou Min, she was ready to give birth to little Zhenyang when the disaster occurred. Frightened by the earthquake, her water broke. To ensure the safety of mother and baby, doctors from obstetrics and gynecology department at the Third Hospital of Mianyang City immediately gave her a Caesarean operation regardless of the risk of aftershocks.

The mother subsequently gave the name Zhenyang to her child. The word "Zhen," the Chinese character for earthquake, is to commemorate the earthquake, and "Yang" means "raising the spirit up." She hopes her son can have a strong spirit and not be afraid to face challenges and fight as hard as residents of Sichuan Province. He can lift his head and never surrender to hardship. Although the earthquake destroyed their beautiful homeland, people across the country lend their helping hands to them.

The 3-year-old Chen Zhenyang is currently in the preliminary class in kindergarten. Healthy and strong, he likes to share good things with others.

The medical staff of The Third Hospital in Mianyang always cared for the health of Zhanyang over the past three years and visited him on his one-year birthday. They also gave him regular health checks at home.

On May 12, 2010, the Women's Federation and Hospital for Women and Children in Mianyang City organized a party for earthquake babies on the second anniversary of Wenchuan earthquake. Babies and their parents got together for games, cakes, music and so on, and the organizer even gave them free health checks.

The mother said she hoped little Zhenyang could grow up healthy and be grateful to know the help and care they had received from society.

By Zhang Xinyi, People's Daily Online

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