A Chinese man is making worldwide headlines after his dedication to his sick children was picked up by the media.
After Jiang Laicai’s two sons were born prematurely, the two boys were diagnosed with a variety of debilitating diseases. The medical treatment was so difficult to afford for Laicai and his wife, that she ran away.
Now, Laicai is a single father or two very sick children, but told media that he doesn’t regret this at all.
They were diagnosed with several diseases, including purulent meningitis and neonatal sepsis.
Not too long after their birth, the children were also diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition which causes their heads to swell up to about twice their usual size. The swelling occurs due to build-up fluid inside the children’s skulls, which can be fatal.
Laicai and his partner spent about $10,000 in just two weeks to help treat the disease. They were forced to take the boys home in September 2015 after running out of money.
The parents looked after the 2-year-olds in their home, but their health quickly worsened. Laicai said he tried searching for other hospitals, but doctors said they could not help his children. One doctor even told Laicai to give up hope.
As the children’s heads continued to grow, their mother could no longer deal with the stress and left. She moved back to live with her mother.
“I don’t want to blame her,” Laicai told the Daily Mail. “But I would not give up. I would find ways to treat my baby boys.”
Laicai, who is a construction worker, is now working several other jobs to help support his family. He asked his parents and sister to move in with him to help look after his sick children.The determined father was able to find a hospital in Shanghai, Shanghai Children’s Hospital, which agreed to help treat the children with operations.The treatment would cost a little more than $100,000 all together, which Laicai could not afford. However, his story was noticed by a group of local volunteers who started a fundraising page to help the father cover his sick children’s medical costs.
The fundraising page raised more than $50,000, about half the amount Laicai needs to get his children the help they need. He told the Daily Mail that with the help of donations, he would take Jiangzhi and Zhihui to Shanghai on July 20 to start their treatment.
The father told the media that he would continue to seek medical help for his boys, no matter the cost of it.