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China: Around The Nation

Chinese boy awaits news on life-saving throat surgery

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 March, 2017, 4:01pm
UPDATED : Monday, 13 March, 2017, 4:01pm

A boy in Yunnan province will find out this week if he is strong enough to undergo life-saving throat surgery funded by a flood of donations from well-wishers.

Nine-year-old Si Shunyang from Qujing has survived on porridge and milk fed directly into his stomach through a tube since he accidentally drank caustic soda and burnt his oesophagus in February last year, People’s Daily reported on Sunday.

Shunyang is still able to talk but is unable to swallow, despite emergency surgery.

The tube-feeding has led to multiple infections and the family did not have money for another operation, the report said.

“The doctor warned me his situation was life-threatening half a year ago,” the father was quoted as saying.

The father said his wife abandoned the family when the child was nine months old and he also had to support his retired father, leaving little left over for medical care.

Sunyang’s case was picked up by local media last year and 200,000 yuan (US$29,000) was raised from his school and local authorities, according to Chengdu Economic Daily.

The boy was due to have tests on Monday to determine if his condition would allow another operation.