Harley and James, the formerly conjoined twins, were treated to lunch this week by some of our wonderful volunteers in Shanghai! Their mission? To delivery a very special package from a 96-year-old grandmother in Missouri. Read more.
During the first quarter of 2016, our China Medical Director received many calls requesting the special, squeezable, bottles which are so vital for helping cleft-affected children get adequate nutrition so they can grow and thrive. In fact, we received so many requests that we placed another order for over 1,000 additional bottles!
We receive calls from orphanages, maternity hospitals, and organizations coordinating medical trips, as well as healing homes and foster programs caring for children with cleft. Read more.
A few years after Love Without Boundaries was founded, it became clear that we needed to answer a very important question: What can we do to help children who are ready for discharge from the hospital after surgery, but who aren’t ready to return to an orphanage?
It was vital that we figure out how to bridge that gap for the most fragile children in our medical program. The answer came in the form of Heartbridge Healing Home which opened its doors in 2006. Read more.
Yesterday, LWB volunteer Nick Donovan shared his thoughts in a blog about why he decided to join our Cleft Medical Exchange and his initial impressions. Here is part two of his blog in which Nick witnesses his first cleft surgery:
As I entered the operating floor, I found myself content, focused, and composed. I had been here before. Knowing the patient’s perspective, I was anxious to see how the medical team approached days like this: eight surgeries were on the schedule. I quickly changed into scrubs and threw on a surgical cap. I grabbed my face mask, and a mirror caught the corner of my eye. It took me three minutes to tie the mask on as I lost myself in the reflection. I was out of my comfort zone; I was now one of the masks.
In the work we do helping impoverished families receive medical care in China, we have found that raising funds for children in need of cleft repairs can sometimes be a complicated affair, primarily due to timing. Today we wanted to explain how many of the surgeries are arranged.
Many rural, farming families live a long distance from the top hospitals in their province known for providing cleft surgeries. The nearest hospital or clinic isn’t just down the street. Instead, it may be located many hours or even a day’s travel from their homes in the countryside, and getting there often takes quite a lot of effort. Read more.
Mario is a shy little three-year-old who lives in our foster care program in Guizhou. We’re pleased to report that he has recently taken a big step: he has started kindergarten!
Every day, Mario wakes up at 7:00 and calls his brother to get up with him and get ready for school. He really seems to like going each and every day.
Most people who’ve heard the story of Love Without Boundaries know that it all began with one baby boy born with congenital heart disease and a group of parents who wanted to help him. Since 2003, we’ve provided life-changing operations to thousands of orphaned and impoverished children, with over 750 of those receiving heart surgery.
Thanks to the partnerships we’ve built with some of the top cardiac hospitals in China as well as the generosity of our incredible supporters, we’ve been able to repeatedly celebrate the remarkable health transformations that can come through open heart surgery. Read more.
Because we believe so strongly that every child born deserves a permanent family of his or her own, we of course celebrate each and every time a child in one of our programs is adopted. We just had to share the wonderful news that since the beginning of 2016, twenty children from our foster care program have been adopted, both internationally and domestically!
We wish a fond farewell to seven boys and thirteen girls who are now precious sons or daughters. Read more.