Dulan with his mother in the hospital room.
But Li faced another problem when they attempted to explain the treatment plan for Dulan: the parents speak Sinhalese and only a little English and couldn’t communicate with doctors.
Local expats in Shenzhen offered to help when the Shenzhen Volunteer Association and the hospital started looking for a volunteer interpreter on social media.
Sam Fernando, a Sri Lankan living in Bao’an District, offered to help after seeing the story of the family on WeChat.
At an earlier interview with Shenzhen Daily, Fernando, who works at a technology company and has been living in Shenzhen for over 20 years, said he would help whenever the boy’s parents called him and he was happy to help a family from his own country.
The surgery on March 1 lasted for 14 hours and was a success.
After that, Dulan entered the recovery period. He needed physical rehabilitation and good nutrition for recovery. During that period, infection is also a risk.