Friday, March 5, 2010


In the midst of the Haitian crisis, The Red Thread Promise has not forgotten about those in need from other countries.

We'd like to introduce you to Gong Li, a beautiful little girl from Zhengzhou, currently living at Swallow's Nest. Sadly, she has never been able to walk unaided due to a birth defect on her left leg. Both of her thighs are shorter and disproportionate to her 4 year old body. However, her left leg is the most affected: she has no lower thigh, knee or calf.

Although she is growing, the proportions of her body remain the same. She is able to crawl and often supports herself by putting her weight on her knee and left foot since those fall at about the same length. She has a slight, but noticeable curvature of her back from awkwardly crawling, not standing, and not getting a chance at good posture. Gong Li is able to get around the children's home by crawling, however she must be pushed in a stroller when going outdoors.

Thankfully, we have been able to help Gong Li mobilize herself by providing a walker specifically sized for her. It has adjustable legs so it can grow with her while determinations are made as to whether or not she may be a candidate for corrective surgery or a prosthesis.

Amazingly enough, the company that makes our all-terrain wheelchairs also makes walkers and crutches and their factory is located in China. What a blessing! We are so happy to be able to give her this simple thing that will change her life.

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