A great blog update on the next phase for Little Hearts Medical courtesy of the blog of Ann and Ed Bartlinski, LHM board members.
So far this trip, we have spent some wonderful hours at Little Flower Projects, one of the organizations who is vital to the new heart home. We have spent time with some of the orphans who desperately need the kind of care we want to offer.
Another Little Hearts team is in China right now, a few of us who have come before, a few are new to us but extremely eager to help. There are a few exciting new opportunities on the horizon for us. But I should start with a little history!
As you may know, those of us who comprise Little Hearts Medical are interested in strengthening the existing care available for orphans with heart disease in China. Our current resources include some adventurous volunteers with good medical or organizational skills and big hearts and a small band of faithful supporters.
In the past few trips to Beijing we have been privileged to be able to teach CPR and simple assessment to Little Flower Projects medical foster home, do some teaching at local hospitals, help with some new, much needed techniques for catheterizations, buy some essential equipment for the foster home, share some massage techniques to use with the kids.
While things have been quiet from us here at Little Hearts Medical, much has been happening.
Our $5k Run/Walk saw more than 90 participants and raised more than $2,000 net. We had a great start for what we hope will be an amazing annual event with sponsorships from Industrial Crossfit in Vancouver and NW Sign Solutions.
Also, two weeks ago we signed a lease on a great office space in Battle Ground, Washington which will be used to build supply packages for Little Flower Foster Home and prepare our teams with medical supplies for upcoming trips to China.
We also received invitations to write for grants from the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation and McDonald’s House Charities. It’s a new experience for us here and an exciting one to be a part of.
Stay tuned for more updates soon!
Please join us on April 13, 2013 at Marine Park for a 5k Run/Walk. Proceeds will benefit our 2013 Medical Programs in China. Details on those programs will be posted this weekend.
A wonderfully articulated story on our hopes and dreams!
So much has been accomplished on this trip. We have awakened early and hurried off to plan our future here in China and see children during work breaks who can use all the help they can get.
So far we have met with officials from BaYi Children’s Hospital, Beijing United Hospital (BJU), Chunmiao Foundation and Philips Healthcare.
Our team will work side-by-side with doctors and nurses at both hospitals (and probably others) as we train advanced techniques to treat heart disease. Dr Zhou and his team at BaYi, Dr Rutstein and his team at BJU are amazing, service-focused people!
It is Tuesday afternoon and I have been sitting in Dr Zhou’s office in BaYi Children’s Hospital for seven hours.
Dr Langley is observing a surgical case that Dr Zhou is performing, Dr Armsby is in the heart cath lab with two cases and Tanya is in the Pediatric ICU observing the nurses at work.
I have no internet access and have been able to furiously clean up notes from our many meetings, as well as create a ton of working tools and documents which detail our plans with our various partners here in China.
As I type, I can hear a woman crying outside of Dr Zhou’s office. I can not understand the words a friend or family member of hers is speaking into a cell phone. But even language barriers can not block the raw emotions felt by a family member as their child suffers.
It is Monday night in Beijing and we just returned from an evening Hot Pot dinner in the Hutongs, Beijing. I can say confidently that our heads are swimming with plans and to-dos much like the Hot Pot at dinner tonight was swimming with meat and veggies!
The last two days of meetings in Beijing has further deepened the relationships forged here last fall, while establishing new ones, as well.
We have spent time working with Dr Zhou and the team at BaYi Children’s Hospital putting the general framework for training and long-term collaboration between our teams.
In addition, we spent a lot of time today talking with Dr Liu Dong, founder of Chunmiao Foundation, Brent Johnson and many others from Beijing United Family Hospital.
And we also met today with senior team members from Philips Digital, one of the leading medical device manufacturers. They have agree to provide suport our work and provide medical devices.
But as of now, I am going to have to sign off. I’ve already drifted off to sleep a time or two and want to adequately relate all that has happened. Stay tuned and I’ll get you all a more substantial update soon!
We awoke this morning to a Beijing thinly frosted with a layer of snow.
I have never been in Beijing in the dead of winter, so that is a new experience for me. Not that it seems to daunt the locals. Taxis and cargo trucks fly through the streets without concern, with the same list of to-dos that they would normally have.
We arrived last night, enjoyed dinner with Dennis Yang and Susan Song, our longtime friends who have been a great help so far.
Now after a restful sleep, we will spend the day meeting with Dr Zhou and his team from BaYi Children’s Hospital, and Brent Johnson, Dr Liu and some others from Beijing United Hospital and Lily from Little Flower Foster Home.
Looking forward to a great day!