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Would He Live to See His Dream?

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Cheng always wanted to play soccer with his friends. However, he was sick a lot and could barely walk sometimes. His sister recalled, “He said he felt a tingle in his heart, like someone stabbed him.”

Cheng was born with a hole in his heart. It caused a lot of health complications as he got older, and his mother left.

“He said, ‘If I didn't have this heart disease, maybe Mom would have stayed.’ She didn’t have energy to take care of my sick brother,” recalled Cheng's sister.

Cheng’s father did his best as a single dad. He worked in the city to provide for his family and save for heart surgery.

“I often called my dad, ‘Father have you earned enough money to operate on brother?’ Cheng’s sister says. “But he was always silent on the phone.”

As weak as Cheng got, he never forgot his dream of playing soccer. “Once, he borrowed a soccer ball from a classmate,” his sister explained. “He kicked it, but it had only gone a few feet when he fell to the ground. He said to me, ‘I am afraid I will have to stay in bed forever. Will you and Grandma leave me one day just like Mom?’ I hugged him and told him we would never do that.”

Then one night, Cheng fell into a coma. His Grandmother remembered, “The doctor said the hole in the middle of his heart had spread far and wide. If not operated on in time, he wouldn’t be able to breathe and could die.”

A teacher suggested the family contact CBN, and we helped make it possible for Cheng to get heart surgery. 

His sister exclaimed, “He eats more than I do and grew taller, too. Now he’s powerful. When I arm-wrestle with him, he always beats me. And he has strength in his legs. He can run and play soccer with his friends.”

“I’m very grateful to CBN for your unconditional love,” added Cheng’s Grandma. "You saved my grandson.” 

“Thank you for paying for my brother's surgery,” concluded Cheng’s sister. “I'm so happy for him.”


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Zsa Zsa Palagyi
Zsa Zsa

Zsa Zsa Palagyi loves to tell stories about the Lord. Originally from California, she moved to NYC to work in TV, where she committed her life to Christ and was later called into Christian media. Now a CBN producer and Christian radio on-air personality, she seeks authenticity and enjoys art, culture, travel, fitness, fashion, the beach, and cats.