Doctor Commits to Helping Impoverished Children with Leukemia

September 5, 2018  Editor: Qiao Ziyu

Zhou Chenyan, a doctor from southwest China's Sichuan Province, recently shared her experiences of raising funds for children with leukemia from impoverished families over the past 12 years.

August 19 marked the first Chinese Medical Workers' Day, whilst, at this time, Zhou was busy communicating with patients in the wards as usual.

"Choosing the profession means giving and being dedicated. Even though it is hard, I have no regrets," Zhou said.

Zhou has participated in fundraising and the financial assistance for young leukemia patients who were from poor families since 2006, which  stemmed from the death of a child with leukemia.

In January 2005, a four-year-old called Lulu was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which has the best treatment outcome among all the types of leukemia in children.

However, due to the child's impoverished family conditions, the treatment had been passed over many times, so Lulu's illness was prolonged.

In March 2006, Lulu passed away because of severe infection. Her death deeply upset Zhou and she began to raise funds for patients like Lulu since then.

Under her efforts, the hospital established the Chen Yan Love Account, which expanded the assistance scope for needy patients under 18.

In Zhou's view, leukemia is not as hopeless as some may imagine.
"For leukemia in children, over 75 percent of patients suffer from the acute lymphocytic leukemia, and by means of chemotherapy, 70 percent can totally recover," Zhou explained.

"However, the average cost of chemotherapy for leukemia in children ranges from 100,000 yuan to 300,000 yuan, making it difficult for many impoverished families to afford," she added.
According to the statistics, her consecutive fund has exceeded 13 million yuan, and over 400 children in poverty have been helped.

Li Sanju, the mother of a patient called Xiaoxu, said: "Without Zhou's help, we may have no way to receive the treatment."

"In March 2013, Xiaoxu was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and we soon ran out of savings for the treatment. So, I had to borrow money in my hometown for my child." she added.

Two days after they left the hospital, Li received the call from Zhou, who told her that she would help them raise money for Xiaoxu's treatment.

After the treatment, Xiaoxu totally recovered and entered primary school with everything normal.

"It is our responsibility to uphold the kindness as the medical personnel with small actions. I will never forget my original aspiration, which also indicates my future direction," Zhou said.
 
(Source: Workercn.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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