(From Baidu wiki) “(Dextrocardia) Heart is displaced to the right side of the chest. Liver is positioned backwards; heart is also positioned backwards with the bottom facing right.” At 10 am, on September 12, 2010, West China Hospital of Sichuan University director professor Tang Hong held the probe that was slowly moving across the body of 12-year-old Zhu Hongmei, he muttered his discoveries slowly, “All internal organs are backwards!” Staring at the monitor with Professor Tang, the Deputy Director of Cardiovascular Surgery, Professor An Qi said, “She is a mirror baby!” This was the first time 12-year-old Zhu Hongmei and her father Zhu Daiming heard someone called her “Mirror Baby”. (镜面娃娃)
Zhu Daiming is now 76 years old. He found her daughter on the side of the street 12 years ago. Zhu Hongmei had been abandoned after she was born for two days.
When Zhu Hongmei was one year old, she was diagnosed with severe congenital heart disease. Zhu Daiming took her daughter everywhere seeking for treatment. A few years later, the child’s condition still had not improved, but Zhu already spent all his money.
Zhu’s wife was not happy about his doings and the couple often fought over that. When Zhu Hongmei was 5, the wife divorced Zhu Daiming and took off with his only son. Zhu laughed at himself and said to his daughter, “We both orphans will depend on each other now.”
When Mei Zhu was 7, her father wanted her to go to school, “We already paid the school fees, but when the teachers saw her, they did not want to take her in. They said, ‘she had congenital heart disease and who is going to take the responsibility if she suddenly gets sick in school?’” Dai Mingzhu had no other choice but to teacher her daughter himself.
The story of Mirror baby was first published on SCOL.com.cn on 9/13/2010. It said the final diagnosis by Professor An Qi was, all her internal organs were backwards; her heart structure was less than half of a normal person. It was already a miracle that she lived for 12 years. Professor An Qi said, she should have heart surgery as soon as possible, this kind of heart surgery should have been performed twice between the age of 1 and 6. “Now we must complete it in one time, directly divert the blood vessels. Surgery will cost at least 100,000 yuan.” 100,000 yuan! This is a astronomical figure to Zhu Daiming. The elderly was dazed and helpless, “I do not have the hope that the child can do something great in the future, but I only hope while I am still alive, she can also live.”
The article also had a hot-line number to call for people want to help Mirror Baby:
(left) Mirror baby says good-bye to her classmate
Then, there is an update to the current situation of Mirror Baby which left me feel uneasy and troubling. An article on SCOL.com.cn, (离开前 “镜面娃娃”朱红梅当了一次真正的学生) “Before she is leaving, Mirror Baby Zhu Hongmei was a real student for once” was published on September 22, 2010. Then it was reposted everywhere on the Chinese media websites, Xihua news, Sohu and many others had the same exact article but the title was ("镜面娃娃"心肝脾全长反 临终前如愿当回学生) “Mirror Baby has all internal organs backwards, wish granted to be a student before her death”. Wait a minute, did Mirror Baby pass away already? I did a search, no such news was reported. And this article itself started out with
September 19, the People’s liberation Army No. 452 Hospital Cardiothoracic Surgery Director Qiao Junxuan announced, Mirror Baby- Zhu Hongmei lost her last chance of surgery. After accepting the harsh reality, Zhu Hongmei made only one request: “I want to be a real student, even only for one lesson!”
And then the story went on talking about the day Mirror Baby spent at the school and how happy she was, how happy the teacher and classmates made her. And the day was over, the end, that was it.
The article failed to mention the most important question, why did Mirror Baby lose her last chance of surgery? Just because some doctor from some hospital announced it? But why? The news headline and the entire article were bizarre to me, how can you say Mirror Baby’s last wish before death was granted when she is still alive? What is the article saying? Somehow now that we know Mirror Baby is going to pass away (for sure), school shows great empathy granting a little girl’s wish before death to let her be a student at the school for one day. Look how happy they made her…