Aug.15,2018--Forty-five Tibetan children with congenital heart disease began to receive free medical treatment in Henan Province on Wednesday.
Aug.15,2018--Due to factors in the Tibetan plateau's climate, such as low oxygen, the Tibet autonomous region has one of the highest rates of congenital heart disease in China.
Since 2012, the Chinese Red Cross Foundation has been organizing medical teams to conduct screening work and provide free medical treatment.
Since 2015, Zhengzhou Cardiovascular Hospital has rescued 165 congenital heart disease patients from the provinces of Qinghai, Guizhou and Yunnan, as well as Tibet.
Most of the 45 children this time were from Tibet's northern Nagqu city, where the average altitude is above 4,500 meters, and it was the first time they had been to a place with an elevation of only 200 meters.
These children－ranging in age from 10 months to 6 years, with one 20-year-old－are being treated at the Zhengzhou hospital in the provincial capital. The hospital has been working with the foundation since 2015 to provide free medical treatment for children from China's remote areas.