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Even the Treatment Caused Searing Pain! But Your Support Changed Everything

March 13, 2015
By: George Crankovic
Here’s little Fang Fang after your generous support helped free her from the pain of multiple IV injections.  Now her treatment for leukemia is a lot easier, thanks to you.
Here’s little Fang Fang after your generous support helped free her from the pain of multiple IV injections. Now her treatment for leukemia is a lot easier, thanks to you.

Just 3 years old and so adorable, little Fang Fang from China has cancer. Before her 2nd birthday, she was diagnosed with leukemia.

But sadly, this killer disease wasn’t her only problem. The treatment was brutally painful, and here’s why.

Fang Fang needed to receive antibiotics to fight infection. She needed to receive blood transfusions for anemia. She needed to have blood tests. And she needed chemotherapy.

She needed treatment every day to save her life. And so — here’s the upsetting part — she had to have injections with an IV needle again and again, often several times a day.

When Fang Fang saw the nurse coming to give her a shot, she would start crying and crying, her face growing bright red. She’d scream through her tears — “No! No! No!” — kicking her legs and fighting to get away.

Sometimes the needle sank into the flesh of her tiny finger. Sometimes the needle stuck her foot, leg or arm. Sometimes the needle even pierced her head. Wherever the nurse could find a vein. Each time, it was stinging, searing pain — another wound, another hurt.

Fang Fang endured injection after injection, day after day. Her hands, feet, arms and legs were sore, bruised and burning.

It was heartbreaking enough that little Fang Fang was deathly ill with cancer. On top of that, she had to be stuck with IV needles again and again.

Until you helped.

With support from you and other Project HOPE friends, the hospital in China received special catheters that eliminate the need for injections.

It was life changing for this little girl. Now, little Fang Fang and other children with leukemia don’t have to endure constant poking with needles. Even better, they don’t have to spend hours sitting still with an IV. They can move about freely in the hospital and even go to the playroom with other kids. They love it!

Fang Fang is still a sick little girl. But now, despite her disease, she has a reason to smile. A cute, crinkle-nosed smile that you made appear.

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