Hopeful Hearts is an unequivocally commendable charity that supports the lifesaving heart operations of children from impoverished families. Helen (Hopeful Hearts President), Tanya (BSG parent/Hopeful Hearts Liaison) and their team have enabled a transparency that has provided an insight into the way the charity works and where exactly every penny is spent. We have witnessed the process from the moment they first meet a potential ‘case’ to the point when a child has received their operation and are then discharged from hospital.
This year, Hopeful Hearts have funded the successful surgery of 11 young children. 6 of these were supported using money raised by the BSG community i.e. parents, children, staff and friends. It is amazing to see the benefits of every donation made, no matter how big or small, combined they help to save the lives of those less fortunate.
In addition to raising funds, the charity enables the school to support the affiliate hospital in other ways too. Our Secondary school’s charity committee have been able to visit and deliver gifts to children who were unable to return home for Chinese New Year.
The committee hopes to develop this community service in future years. We would like to thank everyone for your continued generosity and support in helping to keep young hearts beating.
6 Hopeful Hearts Cases Supported Using BSG Funds
All of the families below were of low income, and for various reasons, were unable to afford the entire cost of the vital heart operations and hospital care to save their children. Hopeful Hearts accepted their cases and used the funds raised by the school’s community to help each family with the cost of their lifesaving surgery.
Lu Le (5-year-old boy)
He was first diagnosed with heart disease immediately after he was born, but doctors thought it wasn’t urgent to operate at that time. At 5 years old he began to develop a fever and was admitted to hospital. It was recommended he receive heart surgery to prevent a life threatening condition in the near future.
Jiang Zi Sheng (1-month-old boy)
Shortly after birth he was diagnosed with pneumonia, once in the intensive care unit, later found out he had a heart defect.
Zheng Zi Hao (1-year-old boy)
This case was very serious. He was born with his heart on the right hand side instead of the left and had many other complications. He had already received one heart operation and then needed a second one.
Bai Yu Ruo (5-month-old girl)
Born in Hainan, she spent 3 months in the intensive care unit. She was too ill to be moved and the local hospital lacked specialist skills to help her, all they could do was keep her alive. As she grew, her condition became stable enough to move her to Guangzhou where she could receive the required treatment.
Chen Yunyang (3-month-old boy)
He was submitted to hospital with pneumonia, was extremely underweight and weak and urgently required heart surgery. He had other associated health conditions that will require medical intervention in the future.
Lai Qibin (19-year-old boy)
He was diagnosed with a heart defect at birth, parents were told he wouldn't survive more than 2 years. He has survived serveral periods of critical illness throughout his life and has been bullied by other children because of his weak condition.