Volunteer action brings new hope to migrant workers' children

08:49, June 02, 2011      

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"Aolong is going to be discharged from the hospital today. It is unlikely that my son's heart disease would have been cured so soon without your kindness and help," said Huang Aolong's mother in the ward to the medical team and volunteers who took care of the boy during the treatment.

Cardiac expert finds Huang Aolong suffering from atrial septal defect in the screening on April 28, 2011. (Li Weina, People's Daily)

Just days ago, Huang Aolong, nine years old, received a free cardiac operation specifically for migrant workers' children in Peking University People's Hospital.

Before this crucial surgery, Huang was a fourth-grade student in primary school in Beijing for migrant children. Both of his parents are migrant workers from Henan province and have to raise another two younger sons.

Huang was diagnosed with an atrial septal defect. He is the first patient enjoying free medical services provided by a volunteer program initiated by Hu Dayi, director of the cardiology center of Peking University People's Hospital. The success of the surgery brings new hope to this money-strapped family.

Huang Xueya, volunteer from Beijing International Studies University, escorts Huang Aolong to the hospital on May 18, 2011. (Li Weina, People's Daily)

The program is a part of the Blue Sky Project, which gets its backing from the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League, Beijing Youth League and the guidance center for volunteer services in Beijing. The Blue Sky Project expects more people and groups to carry forward the task of spreading care to migrant workers' children.

Volunteers plan to conduct congenital heart disease screenings once a month in schools for migrant children and carry out treatment according to the screening results in the future.

By Chen Lidan, People's Daily Online

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