Luwen's story in World Journal:
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1. ZHANG LUWEN, 15
张露雯 15 岁
2. LIU FANG, 17
刘芳 17 岁
3. HUANG MEIHUA, 15
中文 ［繁 简]
girl, 15 years old
from Luoshui, Shifang City
right hand amputated
likes singing and dancing
managed to crawl out from
under the rubble after the quake
*her family has moved into
government pre-fab trailer...more
last update: 11.04.09
Our friends at ACCEF (non-profit based in San Diego, CA) visited Luwen in Feb, 2011. photo click here (scroll down to the bottom of the page)
Luwen and mom are coming July 30, 2010 to receive treatment and new prosthetic arm in The Shriners Hospital for Children at Springfield, MA
Luwen and her mother received their visa to come to the US for prosthetics fitting after Brecken Swartz, executive director of Handreach (our non-profit partner) accompanied them to US Embassyin Chengdu on Oct 16.
We are trying to get two free airline tickets to bring 11-Years old Zhang Luwen and her mom to the US. Luwen will be the first Sichuan earthquake child comes to US to receive treatment. If you could help, we really appreciate. Please contact US. email@example.com
ZHANG Luwen beamed when we visited her on July 23, a remarkable transformation from the sullen girl who was living in a makeshift tent with her parents. Now Luwen's family has moved into a one-room pre-fab trailer, home for the next three years in a relocation center in Luoshui, Shifang City. She's very excited about the possibility of receiving a new prosthetic hand in the U.S.
Lan visited Zhang Luwen and wrote an email about the visit. I translated it into English.
Asked by Larry, I drove to Zhang Luwen’s home to take some photos of her amputated arm during my trip in Sichuan. After our car rolled into Luoshui village, in our sight, were rubbles and remnants of destroyed buildings everywhere, not a single one undamaged. Zhang’s family lived in a tent in an army field hospital.
At the gate of the hospital, Zhang Luwen’s mom met me, a slim of smile on her face, no sign of grief. A little girl ran out, bandage on the right arm, a little shy in seeing strangers.
Since I had to go to hospitals in other areas, we just had a brief conversation and quickly started to do what I came for.
Luwen's mother explained her why I needed to take photos. She kept trying to hide her right arm behind her back. She didn’t allow mom to open the bandages and insisted on doing it herself. Although this is not the first child amputee I met, still I couldn’t hold back my tears. It was too difficult to see children suffering like this. She was quiet, not a word of complaint, took care everything she was able to, but always hiding her right arm behind her.
Photos by: Hong, Julia & Lan
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