9th July 2017
China Focus: Child hospices improving in China
Eight-year-old Xiaohai (pseudonym) will soon leave his home – the Butterfly Children’s Hospice in central China’s Hunan Province – where he has been living for five years.
Xiaohai was abandoned at the age of three when he was diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia, which can lead to serious diseases, including cerebral palsy.
“His condition improves almost every day,” said Lyn Gould, founder of Butterfly Children’s Hospice. When Gould first came to China, palliative care for children was almost nowhere to be found in the country.
After many years of independent charity work, in April 2010 she opened China’s first children’s hospice in Changsha, capital of Hunan, in cooperation with the city’s No.1 social welfare institute and a British philanthropic foundation.
Any child under 14 years old with a life expectancy of less than six months can be admitted. At least four nurses will be assigned to each child. Treatment and food are also personalized.
A total of 176 orphaned, abandoned and very sick babies and children have received care in the home since it opened.