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The Land of Counterpane…and Beyond

When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay,
To keep me happy all the day.

Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Land of Counterpane”

This classic poem came to mind when we saw this photo of brave John in the hospital, surrounded by toys.  John is a five-year-old little guy who has been dealt a tough hand.  After having spinal surgery, he was left with a significant post-op complication, and his family abandoned him most likely because they could not care for him or afford additional surgeries to correct this serious issue.  John came to live in an orphanage in Fuyang.
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