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Grace’s Journey

Last month we introduced you to a beautiful 14 year old girl named Grace, from rural southwest Uganda.  Grace has a very rare medical condition where thousands of small tumors have filled her abdomen, causing her great discomfort and also making it impossible for her to go to school. Through an incredible series of events, […]

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Keegan’s Second Chance

LWB was founded in 2003 because of an effort of strangers around the world trying to provide a baby with the heart surgery he needed to survive.  Since then LWB has helped thousands of children receive the life-saving surgery or care they need.

I have been privileged to work in LWB’s Medical Program for almost 10 years now and it has been an amazing, humbling and sometimes heart wrenching experience.  Each and every child has an impact on me, and each one is special for different reasons.  But, every now and then, you come across a child who touches your heart just a little bit more, especially when their story personally connects you to them in some way.  Recently, for me, Keegan has become that extra-special someone.

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LWB’s Unity Fund

LWB’s Unity Fund has been in place for over a decade now.  This special medical initiative was created in 2006 after rural families, distraught and hopeless over not being able to afford medical care for their often critically ill children, learned we were helping those who were orphaned. In their desperation, we had many families offer to give up their children if it meant they could finally receive the medical care they needed. Some of you might remember the photo which made us all realize just how essential family preservation efforts are in rural communities, as no mom or dad should ever have to believe that abandonment is the only choice when it comes to saving the life of their child.

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Flower Girl Lily

Late last year, a baby girl was found abandoned and extremely malnourished in central Uganda.  She suffered from a severe protein malnutrition that caused her face and body to swell and look puffy. Soon after, Lily came to live at the Tender Hearts Baby Home and is now being cared for in LWB’s Mukono Baby Room. Despite her hard beginnings, Lily has adjusted […]

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Congenital Heart Defects: The World’s Most Common Birth Defect

Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect seen worldwide and are a major cause of serious morbidity and mortality in infancy. In 2011, a study was done in China to observe the prevalence of heart defects among babies in Shanghai, which found a prevalence of 18.7 per 1,000 births. This is a significantly higher prevalence than found in North America in the same year, with 6.9 babies per 1,000 being born with heart defects.

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ABC Educational Materials Drive

For children attending our Believe in Me schools in Cambodia, learning English is an essential piece of their education. English proficiency is a power tool in gaining access to higher education and future sustainable employment, thereby helping to break the cycle of poverty. One way to gain fluency in another language is by hearing it spoken frequently. […]

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Sokhem Sibling School

In rural Sokhem Village in Cambodia, a place with very few economic opportunities, children are often left behind to fend for themselves as adults in most families cross the border into Thailand to search for work. Children as young as 6 and 7 are charged with caring for their younger siblings in the parents’ absence, […]

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Reggie

It didn’t take long for little Reggie to capture our hearts. In  March, Reggie came into LWB care when he needed help with his ankle and leg. He had an accident and suffered a broken ankle, but his family was unable to afford the medical care he needed, and he never healed properly.

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Morgan’s Eyes

Morgan is 3 ½ years old and is new to our foster care program in Guizhou. When our Foster care team saw Morgan’s photo, they felt that he was in need of urgent medical attention.

We were able to connect Morgan and his foster family with a wonderful eye hospital in Yunnan, and the chief surgeon asked them to travel to the hospital immediately.

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The Boys of Healing Homes

We saw this quote the other day and immediately thought of the wonderful little boys currently in our care at our Heartbridge and Anhui Healing Homes.

These priceless little boys are all survivors, as we recognize that the only reason they’re even in our care is that they have already lived through the painful loss of their birth families and the sad realities of abandonment.  And of course to end up in our healing home program, they have also all faced medical challenges.

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