On July 1, 2013, when she was 17 months old, we noticed a white pupil in her left eye. After a series of eye exams, the doctor made a diagnosis: bilateral retinoblastomas, and her situation was very grave. To save her from blindness and death, we parents tried our best to give her immediate treatment, but unfortunately, after four sessions of treatment in China, her situation became worse. Also,the side effects were badly hurting her eyes. The outdated treatment method destroyed the tissue cells around the eyes, her eye socket and fat cells atrophied irreversibly, and only the right eye had limited vision. In order to save her limited eyesight, we decided to seek the best treatment we could have, in New York City.
On Oct. 30, 2013, we started treatment at Memorial Sloan and Kettering Cancer Centre(MSKCC) and New York Presbyterian. In the following 5 months, We paid more than $250,000, more than half of which was loans from the bank and friends. In April, We were told all the treatments were finished, and we could go home and needed monthly eye exam to keep the curative effect.
But unfortunately, in July, doctors found recurrence in her right eye, the one with limited eyesight. The Chinese doctors said there was no other option but to remove her eye ball; we were about to collapse. Finally, we came back to MSKCC. There the doctors said the eye was still treatable. But we need $119,000 for her follow-up treatments. During the past year, we exhausted out savings, borrowed and loaned. For a young family under heavy debt, this amount for follow-up treatment is far beyond our means. We already became bankrupt since my daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Now we also have to pay the interest loan to the bank every month. However, to discontinue treatment will put my daughter's life in peril. We parents don't want to give up. In the past six months, I stayed with my daughter in New York City, far from our hometown, my husband working hard in China to earn money. For now, ten days have passed since the eye exam in MSKCC, but treatment has not begun, because we are not able to pay the deposit. If we continue delaying treatment, my daughter will lose her only eyesight and may finally lose her life. We want to try our best to save her only eye and her life, but we can do nothing but ask for help. We will appreciate it and be very thankful, if you could help us to save my daughter's eye and her life.
In the photos, you will find deposit letter for the follow-up treatments and some of the previous payment receipts (part of the payments via wire transfer, so the hospital didn't give us the receipts, I wrote them by hand)
The links are for donation ( sorry only in Chinese） Whether you can help us or not, however, our family are grateful for your reading this.
Thank you very much! Best wishes for everybody!
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