Yong in Beijing

We wanted to give you an update on Yong, the little boy from Guizhou you all have taken into your hearts. As we announced several weeks ago, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles has agreed to accept his case. Thanks to so many wonderful and kind supporters, we were able to raise the funds needed for his surgery. Everything came together over Chinese New Year, so we were waiting for government offices to reopen in order to get his passport and visa finalized.

Right after Chinese New Year, we were told that the government had created a new policy at the very end of 2012 which requires all orphaned children to be seen at a government approved hospital first, before they can leave the country for medical care. The hospitals which had seen Yong in the past in China were not official Tomorrow Plan hospitals. The local government in Yong’s province said they could not approve him leaving for LA until they got national permission first. His province has not sent a child abroad for surgery before, and so they are of course wanting every proper permission to be in place.

Yong arrived in Beijing earlier this week in order to have his consult at the Bayi Children’s Hospital, which is an official military hospital in China. Our director in Beijing, Cindy, met him and his foster dad at the airport and helped them get checked into their hotel. Yong was very excited about having flown on an airplane from Guizhou, and Cindy said he was singing to himself as they walked down the street. They met with the head of surgery of the hospital, who agreed that Yong’s case is of course extremely complex. They also met with government officials to allow them to meet Yong in person. Yong will have to have more testing done this week, and he will be checking into the hospital tomorrow. Cindy took him to the zoo yesterday while they wait for more instructions. We hope you will enjoy these photos of the special day they had together.

When they took Yong out to lunch following the initial consult, Cindy said that of course so many people were staring at him. However, one waitress came over and wanted to know more about Yong – and when she heard the news that he would be receiving surgery, she began to cry. She took Yong’s hands in hers and told him she would be thinking of him and praying for his complete recovery.

We will update everyone as soon as we get more news. Thank you all for caring so deeply about this little boy and for wanting him to get the medical care he deserves.

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21 Comments to “Yong in Beijing”

  1. Jane H 6 March 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Thank you for the update. Sending love to this special little boy and I am so excited that LWB has rallied so many supporters to help sweet Yong.

  2. Heidi Morris 6 March 2013 at 11:39 am #

    We will continue to pray for you sweet boy! You get cuter every time I see you!

  3. Emily 6 March 2013 at 11:51 am #

    You are so Brave Yong! There are people praying for you all over the world. We love you!

  4. Lucy Butcher 6 March 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Poor little lad. Lets hope you get your operation and feel better really soon. I will continue to sponsor and support you. Lovely, sweet boy. Lucy x

  5. Jocelyn Scott 6 March 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    Poor little boy! I hope he can be completely fixed soon.

  6. Anita Cubbage 6 March 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    Thank you for the update. Sending love to this precious little boy. You continue to be in my prayers.

  7. Lesa 6 March 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    Thanks for the update! We’re praying for Yong.

  8. The Skiles 6 March 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    Oh so glad for these updates!! We are just praying along with so many others that sweet Yong gets the help he so badly needs in God’s perfect timing!!

  9. Kim Hoben 6 March 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    Praying for you Yong!!! You are a very brave little boy. Love to you!!!

  10. Amy McKenna 6 March 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    Thank you for sending us an update on Yong. Praying for this brave boy and hope he soon receives the treatment he needs.

  11. Leilani Hoben 6 March 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    We are praying for you Yong, and so happy that you will be having your surgery soon!

  12. Terri 6 March 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Praying for sweet Yong!!! I can’t wait for him to get his surgery! Thank you for all the updates! please keep them coming!

  13. roomforatleastonemore 6 March 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    And now I’m crying. Y’all need a tissue warning! I was thinking to myself, “Well, I really hope Cindy was able to deal with the stares.” But then I read of this waitress, and I am crying buckets. I tell people all the time that the Chinese people have huge hearts and to not be so quick to judge (especially when people assume our children were easily discarded).

    I’m so glad this waitress was touched by Yong. Who knows how many more people will hear his story because of her.

    I am glad Yong has gotten to do some fun things while in Beijing awaiting his travel papers. The time seems so near. I hope you all are able to update us on his surgery day. I’m assuming you’ll have updates on FB as you have them available.

    Will continue praying here. Our little Sallie has been particularly touched by Yong and when she sees him on my computer screen, she will say, “Mommy, when are they gonna fix his ouchie?” Sweet girl is worried that he is in pain. She and Yong are from the same province.

  14. Karen 6 March 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    Yong,

    You are a beautiful boy. I’ll be praying for you tomorrow during your tests.

    God bless,

    Karen

  15. Stacey 6 March 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    What a precious boy!

  16. Liz 6 March 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    Lifting Yong up in prayer along with the LWB organization and supporters that allowed for all of this to happen for Yong. I could just take that little guy and hug and kiss his cute face. He is a special little boy.

  17. BeverlyB 7 March 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    Praying for you.

  18. Shelly 21 March 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    Do you have any idea how long Yong will be in LA for Surgery? And when he is done healing will he be available for adoption? I would love to know. Thank you!!! I pray for this sweet child everyday, bless his sweet soul.

  19. chinalwb 21 March 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Hi Shelly. Please see our blog from March 7, “What Comes Next For Yong” to read more about his story and what we know now. We are hopeful that his adoption paperwork will be filed! Thank you so much for your prayers for him!

  20. Leigh 22 May 2013 at 9:02 am #

    Has there been any update on Yong? I keep hoping that I will see a note with an official surgery date. He is such a beautiful child and I think of him often and pray for him. I hope he will soon be well and have a forever family.

  21. chinalwb 22 May 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Hello Leigh! We just received word this week that Yong will soon be adopted by an American family and will be able to have his surgery here in the United States. Isn’t that wonderful? We are so appreciative of your thoughts and prayers for him!


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