Give me one minute: Escape from the National Park

Give me one minute: Escape from the National Park

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I don't need over-protecting. I am not endangered.
I don't need over-protecting. I am not endangered.


I used to be a happy little kid living a pretty normal life in Hong Kong. But things changed when I fell sick. Now I'm like an endangered species living in a well-protected national park, and I want to escape. 

It all began with a fever. At first, my family and I thought it was only a common cold and I would recover gradually by taking some medicine. However, it was far more serious than we thought. 

My condition did not improve even after taking medication. I was eventually admitted to hospital, and doctors found out that the flu virus had invaded my heart. We were all shocked. I still remember how frightened and completely helpless I felt at the time. Fortunately, with the help of doctors and the support of my family, I overcame the illness and successfully completed physical therapy. 

One year later, I'm back to full health, and I thought I would go back to being a normal kid. But my parents are still very nervous and worry all the time. 

They stopped me from doing exercise because they thought my heart wouldn't be able to cope with the strain.

I want to tell them that instead of helping me, their over-protectiveness will only make things worse for me. 

Their fear will limit my opportunities to learn and hinder my future development. It will turn me into a spoiled kid who is unable to take care of himself. 


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My one-minute video shows a child with a heart problem kitted out in safety goggles, a mask and protective clothing. This is topped off with a plastic bag which covers his entire head. He can hardly breathe under the many layers of protective gear. This shows that too much protection can smother someone, and do them more harm than good. 

This is a reminder to the adults who are worried about their kids who have experienced serious illness. I would like to tell people that children who have suffered heart problems can still enjoy sports, and they can still be independent. 

I wish parents would listen to their children and respect their thoughts and ideas.

November 20, 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF HK’s Believe In Zero, Make A Video aims to bring one-minute life stories of forgotten children to the public’s attention.

The programme is co-organized by UNICEF HK, the Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academy of Film, Hong Kong Arts Centre and Incubator for Film and Visual Media in Asia, with support from Young Post. You can check out the videos online at www.unicef.org.hk/makeavideo

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