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May 14th, 2009
11:08 AM ET

Helping Quake Kids Stand Tall

This week marks the one year anniversary of the worst earthquake to hit China in over 30 years. The earthquake struck Sichuan province on May 12, 2008, at 2:28 p.m., when students were taking lessons in schools. Thousands of schools collapsed in the earthquake, trapping students under the debris. Among the victims, 5,335 students died or are missing, said Tu Wentao, head of Sichuan's education department, according to state-run Xinhua news agency. More than 500 were permanently disabled. In Hong Kong, Professor K.M. Chan, an Orthopedic Surgeon, knew that many children, who were caught in the debris and had to have amputations in order to survive, were now facing a very long-term rehabilitation. He founded with a group of doctors the aid organization 'Stand Tall'. Its aim - to fit some of the most severely injured with prosthetic limbs. This group has treated thousands of patients, bringing some to Hong Kong, for checkups and rehab work, and is now working with officials in Hong Kong and Mainland China to build a new rehabilitation center closer to the patients' homes back in Sichuan province.

As CNN's Alex Zolbert reports for Impact Your World, this inspiring team of doctors is helping survivors of the Sichuan quake 'Stand Tall.'

To learn more about StandTall, visit their website:

To learn more about this and other organizations that are helping earthquake victims in China, please visit our Impact Your World page.

Filed under: Impact Your World • Tony Harris
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. William

    How convenient. I just tried to e-mail Ms. Pelosi at and the site is down.

    How can she stand up on National TV (CNN) and blatenly lie to all of we Americans about having no knowledge of tourture of waterboarding, when sources provided by CNN conclude she had first hand knowledge of it?
    She said she was made aware by one of her staffers. Hey, that's second hand information. Wouldn't you think if something as the priority it is, she would take time to personally investigate it herself instead of a second handed report?

    Phoney tough stuff..............

    S. Carolina

    May 14, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  2. Franky

    Yeah you better bring another topic, we are already bashing our Notre Dame friends and are calling em and slamming them...but look at those cute little kids at China? They are so cute...

    May 14, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  3. Anzarose

    Why is the media making such a huge deal over making some criminals slightly uncomfortable for a feww hours or a day or two. Why don't they talk about all our young men and ladies, which have suffered lifelong injuries, like mutilations and limb destruction, cause by IED's manufactured by the friends and relatives of these same "uncomfortable" prisoners. Our security reps should be proud that our captive prisoners still have all their heads on. What is wrong with people. You break the law, including international law, you lose your Rights, including your right to dignity. Why don't we start worrying about the important things. It has become so ridiculous, if you state any opinion, the other half of society protests. Everyone has something important to say, while they sit at home eating their bon-bons. But, when Al Queada destroys another train station, or kills 2000 people, these same people will be yelling, "Why didn't our government do more?" Duh!!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  4. Willie Eaddy

    I agree with the earlier comment, I fully support the President's speech at Notre Dame. He is "The Leader of the Free World" and this University should embrace his visit with diginity and respect.

    President Obama by his own example (s) displays respect for everyone's opinion without being disrespectful towards anyone. A Leader I'm proud to call Mr. President....

    May 14, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  5. Disappointed

    I am sooo sick of all of the pettyness – please, please, please move on – there are more important thing to talk about than waterboarding and what Nancy Pelosi knew and when – it's over and done with and never do it again. I want to know how to keep my job, my money, my family safe, and a roof over my head. I can't stand to watch CNN for more than ten minutes a day.
    If I had my way CNN would only broadcast 30 minutes a day!!!

    May 14, 2009 at 2:36 pm |

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