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Struggling With Each Breath: Walter and Pneumonia Care

When Walter came to the attention of our medical team, he was a newborn boy who had already endured too much adversity in his short 20 days on earth.

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Walter was born with a congenital heart defect. In addition, he was jaundiced and was already suffering from neonatal pneumonia. While it would seem Walter’s heart defect would be his greatest obstacle to overcome, the larger challenge is actually the neonatal pneumonia! Read more.

Change for Change: A Lenten Campaign

In early January, we asked our supporters to consider setting up a Change (Lives) Jar to collect the spare change in your wallet or purse to help orphaned children. One of our dedicated volunteers in Ireland had the wonderful idea of conducting a special Change Jar campaign during the season of Lent.

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If you observe Lent, we invite you to collect your extra change to help fill the tummies of the fragile babies in our healing homes. Funds raised will be dedicated specifically to purchasing formula for babies in our healing homes through our Healing Home Nutrition fund. Read more.

Foster Care Is About Family

With Chinese New Year approaching, this is a special time in China. Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival, is the most important holiday of the year, and families look forward to spending time together and welcoming the new year with many exciting traditions and feasts.

Alan Chinese New YearAlan in front of Spring Festival artwork

When we think of the celebrating taking place, it warms our hearts to know that children in our foster care program are celebrating as part of a family, as family traditions are so much of what this wonderful holiday is all about. Read more.

Lee: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

With the arrival of 2016, we had an arrival of other sorts — baby Lee.  Little Lee was born with a very large teratoma, or tumor, at the base of his spine.

Lee

His orphanage called us as soon as he was left with them as they knew he needed immediate help, and so we rushed him to the hospital in Shanghai. Read more.

Love For Conjoined Twins Harley and James

Conjoined twins Harley and James have been released from the hospital to wait until the full amount of funds have been raised for their surgery. As of now, the surgery to separate the boys is scheduled to occur at Fudan University Children’s Hospital in Shanghai on February 17 if funding is in place — right after the end of the Chinese New Year celebration.

conjoined twins with grandma

Harley and James’ parents are from a remote farming village in Guizhou, which is a long journey from Shanghai. After the boys were discharged from the hospital, their parents traveled with them to Guangxi province, to stay while they wait for news about the surgery.  To save money, they found a house that is scheduled to be demolished, and they will live there until Chinese New Year is over.
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Jimmy: A Portrait of Determination and Courage

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Despite his age, thirteen-year-old Jimmy is one of the newer members of our foster care program in Sanmenxia. Five months ago, Jimmy left the only home he knew, his orphanage, to live with a foster family so that he could attend public school for the first time. Read more.

Phillip: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

When Love Without Boundaries met Phillip, he was welcomed into our Heartbridge Healing Home feeling pretty lousy. Heavily jaundiced and suffering from a bad cold, Philip wore a deep frown most of the time.

Philip at intake

After just a few weeks of nanny love, nourishment and a chance to recuperate, Phillip started feeling much better. He learned to cry when he wanted to be picked up and cuddled. He learned that it was safe to make eye contact, intently looking into his nanny’s eyes when she spoke to him. Read more.

An Update on Baby Luna

We are so happy to report that Luna continues to slowly be weaned from oxygen following her heart surgery in December.  Doctors have cut the amount of extra oxygen she is being given by half, and she is definitely showing much more energy and smiles.

IMG_9898Luna interacting with her nanny

Over the weekend, she was able to remove all of her tubes for a short time to be carried up and down the hallways, which she enjoyed a lot.  We are so grateful to everyone who has been lifting her up and celebrating with us as she gets stronger day by day. Read more.

An Adoption Assistance Grant for Aimee

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You’ve already met Luke. Now, we would like to introduce you to our second Adoption Assistance Grant recipient for this year: Aimee! Read more.

From Shanghai With Love

For almost two years, I have had the incredible opportunity to get to know the LWB-sponsored children who have come to Shanghai to receive medical care at the top pediatric hospital in China: Children’s Hospital of Fudan University.

Sherri Patrick nanny

I visit the hospital two or three days per week where I hold and comfort the children who are there to face some pretty scary medical procedures. Read more.

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