The girl in the pictures uploaded here is named Hu Yunxing, a 4-year-old from the countryside of Yuncheng, China’s Shanxi Province. Little Hu Yunxing possibly is suffering from the Budd-Chiari syndrome, which caused her belly to be as large as a very pregnant woman’s abdomen.
Yunxing’s abdomen currently measures 106 cm in circumference, 11cm longer than her height of 95cm. In comparison, for the kids of the same age, their abdomen circumference normally ranges 20~30cm.
Yunxing was born in February, 2006. By the end of that year, her parents brought her to all major hospitals in Yuncheng because her belly became bigger & bigger since she was eight months old, unfortunately, she was not able to be diagnosed.
In May, 2007, Yunxing was brought to Beijing Children’s Hospital, but also no diagnosis was made. During the past years, Yunxing’s family had spent all of their incomings to seek the treatment for her and no prevails.
Earlier this year, Sichuan boy Chen Hang, who was diagnosed with the Budd-Chiari syndrome, received successful surgeries in the General Hospital of China PLA Second Artillery Corps in Beijing, after his miseries were graphically posted online and Chinese netizens made generous donations to him.
Recently, Yunxing’s father Hu Tianpeng learned Chen Hang’s story from a report at Channel 10 of China’s Central Television (CCTV-10). He posted an appeal letter alongside with the photographies of her daughter bearing an exploding abdomen to ask for the public’s help on 0139BBS.com, November 12.
Immediately, Chinese internet users picked up his forum thread and re-posted to various online forums. Quite a few mainstream media also reported on the issue. Within days, Mr. Hu obtained the huge assistance from the netizens, both financially and psychologically. What’s the most important for him is that the charity organization Angel Mom extends their hands to make the arrangement for his daughter to be treated in the General Hospital of Second Artillery Corps.
By the time this entry was entered, Hu Tianpeng, wife and daughter Hu Yunxing had arrived in Beijing after taking an overnight train from Shanxi (watch video below) and the young girl was already attended by Dr. Bian Ce (a leading doctor who successfully treated Budd-Chiari syndrome stricken Chen Hang and another girl named Shi Yaping).
All the best to little Hu Yunxing!
Update (Nov 17): China Daily ran the story today, Little girl seeks cure:
[Yunxing's father] told the Mirror Evening News that Hu loved dancing when her belly was smaller. But he said she no longer dances and has stopped interacting with others because of her unusual shape.
The girl is reportedly suspected of having Budd-Chiari Syndrome, which is caused by the blockage of veins in the stomach.
Bian Ce, a doctor at the Second Artillery General Hospital of PLA who is in charge of Hu’s case, said a buildup of fluid has led to the compression of organs.
Bian said the exact mode of treatment will be decided after additional tests but the medical bill will likely hit 80,000 yuan.
Update (November 21): Little Hu Yunxing was diagnosed with the Budd-Chiari syndrome in the Second Artillery General Hospital on November 19. Currently she is undertaking the abdominal tap to release her cavity pressure and also undergoing a few checkups to see if there are other syndromes. Yunxing’s surgeries will be performed only after doctors fully know her case.
Public donations to Hu Yunxing, in an account specially set up by Angel Mom, alone received around 116,500RMB. Counting on afore-mentioned 50,000RMB and some from other channels, the total money donated to Hu is well beyond her estimated medical fees to pay the hospital. Her father Tianpeng said the excess would be donated to other needy children.