Mon­go­lian girl to re­ceive surgery in Tai­wan: TFCF

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY SUN HSIN- HSUAN

A five-year-old Mon­go­lian girl, Ot­gonzul, will un­dergo surgery at Tai­wan Na­tional Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal (TNUH, ), and will hope­fully be able to re­turn to school in Mon­go­lia, her healthy right arm show­ing from her T-shirt, just like any other school­girl, said a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Tai­wan Fund for Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies (TFCF, ).

Ac­cord­ing to the TFCF Mon­go­lian Branch Of­fice, Ot­gonzul was born with­out a thumb on her right hand, or a right fore­arm. Raised by a sin­gle mother who strug­gled on a very low in­come, Ot­gonzul and her two sis­ters cur­rently re­side in a fac­tory stor­age room, in­stead of a Mon­go­lian yurt, or small no­madic dwelling.

Her mother’s salary could only just meet their daily ne­ces­si­ties. Pay­ing for Ot­gonzul’s arm surgery was out of the ques­tion.

Just like many other Mon­go­lian chil­dren, given their fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion and Mon­go­lia’s poor med­i­cal re­sources, Ot­gonzul was in lit­tle hope of treat­ment. Ac­cord­ing to TFCF’s Mon­go­lian Branch Of­fice, most chil­dren could only hope that for­eign sur­geons would come to Mon­go­lia, or for­eign funds would come to sup­port over­seas med­i­cal treat­ment.

In Ot­gonzul’s case, she was met by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from ChildFund Korea last Oc­to­ber, whose so­cial work­ers then raised a fund of NT$1.72 mil­lion for TFCF Mon­go­lian branch. The pur­pose of the fund is to pay for chil­dren’s med­i­cal treat­ment, over­seas trans­porta­tion fees, and for di­etary and nu­tri­tional sup­port.

Ot­gonzul was then the first child to travel over­seas for med­i­cal treat­ment with the sup­port of ChildFund Korea.

She has now un­der­gone her first op­er­a­tion, with two more to go be­fore she stands a chance of gain­ing a healthy right hand and arm. Ot­gonzul’s mother ex­pressed her grat­i­tude to TFCF, say­ing that she is op­ti­mistic about the op­er­a­tions, and that she be­lieves Ot­gonzul will be able to rest her right arm un­der the sun­shine very soon, never again to have to hide it un­der long sleeves in the fu­ture.

As for Ot­gonzul, she is most look­ing for­ward to hav­ing the plas­ter cast re­moved, and wear­ing T-shirts to school, hand-in­hand with her class­mates.

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