Shu-Wei is a 7 year old (wiggly, giggly) little boy who traveled from China to the US as part of CCAI’s 2015 Winter Hosting Program. His incredible hosting family’s original intent in hosting as advocates was to show the love of a family to someone who has never had one, and hopefully, to see this precious boy be adopted as a result of having been with their family. However, it was clear that there was a BIGGER plan for Shu. We’ll let Shu’s host family tell the rest!
Shu-Wei has one chance to see—without this opportunity, he will remain “blind” for the rest of his life (He can currently see bright, or flashing lights, but only if they are held directly in front of the corner of his left eye). Thankfully, he is believed to be a good candidate for a cornea transplant in each eye, but time is critical! Because he has never had an image form on his retina, and because the pathways from the retinas to the brain are fully formed by age 8; he has to have these surgeries ASAP! He is believed to have turned 7 in November.
God’s Provision during Shu’s time here:
1) Free appointment with a local eye doctor the morning after Shu arrived at our home
2) A translator (who’d worked in China for 7 years), and happened to be back home, in our area, and was able to accompany us to the appointment
3) A woman in the waiting room of the office asked about the situation, and offered financial help
4) The eye doctor saw such potential, that he offered to pay for a visit with a pediatric specialist
5) Because our son just happened to have earned his pilot’s license the same day we brought Shu-Wei home (and had bought a plane the week before), we were able to fly to the appointment
6) The pediatric specialist was able to get us to another specialist (same day—one hour later) for a retinal ultrasound (to ensure that Shu’s retinas had not detached)
God’s Provision Within 20 Days of Shu’s Return to China:
1) Permission from his orphanage to travel to the US for transplants (CCAI has told me that this orphanage had never before released a child for medical travel)
2) Our family just happens to have enough “points” to provide flights for Shu-Wei & his chaperone
3) Shu was issued a travel visa for his Christmas trip, and will not need a separate medical visa (this will allow him to travel at a much shorter notice)
4) Donation of all corneal tissue needed for his transplants
5) Confirmation from surgeon offering all of her expenses “pro-bono”
6) His case accepted by ChildSpring International
7) A host family for the (at least) 6 months that he will need to remain in the US for follow-up care
Our goal is to have Shu fly back to the US by May 11th. The surgery date of May 16 cannot be guaranteed until MUSC has received the check for $18,000. When this fundraiser ends on April 3; we will immediately confirm the surgery date and purchase airfare!
To contribute by credit card, please fill out the donation form at www.ccaifamily.org/Charity/DonationForm.aspx, and type “Sight for Shu” in the ‘specific project’ area.
Checks can be sent directly to CCAI at 6920 S Holly Cir, Centennial, CO 80112 (please write “Sight for Shu” on the memo line).
Please prayerfully consider how much you are able to give to help this precious child see!