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Final Day of the Hefei Cardiac Exchange

On their final day in Hefei, the doctors had a wonderful visit and discussion with the cardiac staff of Anhui Children’s Hospital (ACH). LWB has worked with ACH for over 13 years, and two of our cleft surgery exchanges were held here. Anhui Children’s Hospital cares for many of the babies from our Healing Home program, and we always know they will get excellent, compassionate care. Incredibly, this hospital sees over one million patients per year!

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Sunday Surgeries and Updates: The Hefei Cardiac Exchange

Sunday was another great day in Anhui at the first international pediatric heart exchange with Hefei Cardiac Hospital, Little Hearts Medical, and Love Without Boundaries. Our medical exchanges are true collaborations between the medical teams, and this trip allowed for many discussions on the latest advances in research and patient care. During rounds, the doctors checked carefully on each of the children who received surgery on Saturday.

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First Surgeries of the Cardiac Exchange

Yesterday was a very full day at Hefei Cardiac Hospital for our inaugural cardiac exchange.  The medical team began with morning rounds to check on the three children having surgery and to do more evaluations of the others who are waiting.

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The Hefei Cardiac Exchange Begins

LWB’s first Hefei Cardiac Exchange is now underway!  Dr. Stephen Langley and Dr. Jeremy Ringewald arrived in Anhui from Florida and were warmly welcomed by the team from the Hefei Cardiac Hospital and LWB’s China Directors. They were given a tour of the hospital and met the little patients who had been awaiting their arrival.

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Lincoln Prepares for Heart Surgery

Little Lincoln was born with Down Syndrome and an ASD heart defect (atrial septal defect). He entered our Anhui Healing Home last winter at five months old, and the nannies immediately fell for his quiet, gentle nature. He thrived in their care, and when he was a year old he graduated to foster care. In February, Lincoln became quite ill and was hospitalized with pneumonia. Doctors did repeat cardiac tests and let us know that Lincoln’s heart function was worsening. He would need to undergo open heart surgery to have a chance for a healthy life.

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Foster Care in Sanmenxia, Henan

LWB recently signed a new foster care agreement with the Sanmenxia orphanage in Henan province to provide quality foster care to orphaned children. We believe fully that every child deserves to grow up in family care, and we’d like to meet some of the wonderful children from this program.

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Oliver and His Mother

The devotion of Oliver’s mother has been an inspiration these past few months. As you may remember, Oliver was born with Down Syndrome and a severe heart defect. After taking her son to several hospitals and asking if they could heal his heart, Oliver’s mother was repeatedly turned away. When she learned that LWB supporters had funded heart surgery for Oliver, she was so grateful that her precious boy had a chance for a healthy life.

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Help Us Heal Gage’s Heart

In January, baby Gage was born in Anhui province and soon found himself at an orphanage. The orphanage staff cared for him as best they could, but Gage was frequently ill with chest infections and had to be hospitalized. The orphanage reached out to us to see if we could help them determine the cause of his illnesses and labored breathing. We arranged for Gage to be seen at a hospital, and doctors diagnosed him with a heart defect that was likely responsible for his poor health.

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A Visit to Lanzhou Foster Care

Lanzhou, my final destination, was more than a hop, skip and a jump away from Guizhou where Cindy and I had visited our two foster care programs in Tongren and Qiandongnan. A long narrow city with the Yellow River running through it, Lanzhou is the capital of Gansu province in the northwest of China. To my surprise, the airport was more than 70 kilometers (40+miles) out of the city center where Cindy and I were staying. As we were driven along the relatively new highway I gazed out at a very different landscape flashing by – dry, brown, sparsely vegetated and hilly. I thought about the fact that we were very close to the Gobi desert, Mongolia, Tibet and Arunachal Pradesh. What would the next few days hold in store?

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A Kiss From Oliver

Around Valentine’s Day, we shared with you the story of Oliver and his mama. Oliver was born with Down Syndrome and congenital heart disease in 2016. Although his family was thrilled with their new son, they were scared to see that his lips were often blue. Oliver suffered from breathing distress, frequent fevers and coughing. His mama knew something needed to be done to help her precious boy, and she took him to several hospitals desperately searching for help, only to be repeatedly turned away. Thanks to supporters of our Unity Initiative, we were able to promise Oliver’s mama that her son would get the best care possible at Children’s Hospital of Fudan University.

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