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Is There Hope for my Grandson?

Although Zhi Xiang was a fourth grader, he had never attended school—his severe heart defect made him too weak. Was there anything his frail grandfather could do to help this beloved grandson? Read Transcript


EVERY MORNING JI SHON

WATCHED OTHER CHILDREN IN

HIS VILLAGE LEAVE FOR

SCHOOL, AND WONDERED WHAT

FUN HE WOULD MISS OUT ON

THAT DAY.

HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE

FOURTH GRADE, BUT WASN'T

ABLE TO ATTEND CLASS.

JI SHON WAS BORN WITH A

SERIOUS HEART CONDITION.

I REALLY WANTED TO GO TO

SCHOOL AND PLAY WITH THE

OTHER KIDS, BUT I DIDN'T

HAVE ANY ENERGY TO EVEN WALK

THERE.

I GOT TIRED VERY EASILY.

Terry: JI SHON'S FATHER

DIED IN AN ACCIDENT, AND HIS

MOTHER ABANDONED HIM.

SO HE WENT TO LIVE WITH HIS

POOR, 71-YEAR-OLD

GRANDFATHER.

GRANDPA IS FRAIL HIMSELF,

BUT HE HAS DONE EVERYTHING

HE CAN TO PROVIDE FOR JI

SHON.

HE EVEN BORROWED BOOKS AND

TRIED TO TEACH HIS GRANDSON

SKILLS HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN

LEARNING AT SCHOOL.

I DIDN'T WANT HIM TO BE

ILLITERATE OR HE'LL END UP

WITHOUT HOPE FOR HIS

FUTURE.

Reporter: BUT THERE

WERE DAYS WHEN IT WAS HARD

FOR JI SHON TO EVEN EAT HIS

SOUP.

AS HE GOT WEAKER, IT BECAME

EVIDENT WITHOUT SURGERY, HE

WOULD DIE.

JI SHON IS SO YOUNG.

HE SOON DIE.

HE SHOULD LIVE.

I LOVE HIM.

HE IS EVERYTHING TO ME.

BUT I PERSONALLY DID NOT

HAVE ANY MONEY TO PAY FOR

HIS SURGERY.

EVEN WHEN I BORROWED MONEY

FROM RELATIVES, IT STILL

WASN'T ENOUGH.

Terry: JUST WHEN JI

SHON AND HIS GRANDPA WERE

ABOUT TO GIVE UP, A DOCTOR

CAME TO THEIR VILLAGE AND

TOLD THEM ABOUT CBN'S

MISSION TO SAVE CHILDREN'S

LIVES.

I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT.

WE HAD NEVER HEARD OF SUCH A

WONDERFUL THING ANYWHERE IN

THE WORLD.

Terry: CBN QUICKLY

ARRANGED HEART SURGERY FOR

JI SHON.

A DOCTOR REPAIRED THE HOLE

IN HIS HEART AND

REPOSITIONED HIS ARTERY.

THE SURGERY WAS A SUCCESS.

I'M STRONG NOW.

BEFORE I COULDN'T JUMP, AND

NOW I CAN JUMP HIGH.

AND I CAN RUN.

I LIKE PLAYING WITH MY

CLASSMATES AND EVEN DOING MY

LESSONS.

I'M REALLY HAPPY TO SEE

JI SHON SO HEALTHY, EVEN IF

HE IS A LITTLE NAUGHTY AND

CLIMBS UP THE WALL FROM TIME

TO TIME.

AT LEAST NOW HE CAN GO TO

SCHOOL AND I DON'T HAVE TO

WORRY ABOUT HIS FUTURE AT

ALL.

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