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World Down Syndrome Day 2018

Did you ever wonder why March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day?  March 21, or 3/21, signifies the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome. Around the world, people are proudly wearing crazy socks and celebrating the joy that people with Down Syndrome bring to the world. Today we would like to shine the spotlight on ten children with Down Syndrome in our programs who are waiting to be chosen for adoption.  Here they are from oldest to youngest:

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Twins Ana and Lisa

Sweet Ana and her twin sister Lisa came to the Mukono Baby home in January under very sad circumstances. Their mother had died soon after their birth from post-partum complications, possibly as a result of malaria. When the twins first entered the Mukono Baby Room, blood work indicated that Lisa was suffering from congenital malaria, in which the parasites are transmitted either during pregnancy or during labor. Congenital malaria can result in prematurity and slower weight gain in newborns.

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Healing Home Hero of the Week: Erin

Right before Christmas in 2015, baby Erin came into this world. Born with Down Syndrome and a heart defect, she found herself in an orphanage in central China. An orphanage isn’t the best place for any child, but for Erin and her weak heart, it was a very difficult beginning. Her orphanage called us for help because she wasn’t gaining weight, and we welcomed her into our Heartbridge Healing Home. She weighed less than seven pounds at six months of age.

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Healing Home Hero of the Week: Laughing Laurie

Last summer, a tiny little sprite named Laurie came to stay at our Anhui Healing Home. Laurie was born with microtia, a congenital ear deformity. When she was two months old, her orphanage called us because she developed pneumonia and needed to be hospitalized. Fortunately, Laurie recovered fairly quickly and was moved to our healing home. Some babies are serious at first and take some time to warm up to their new environment and caretakers. Not little Laurie!

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Esophageal Atresia: Meet Baby Mya

Earlier in January, LWB was contacted by an orphanage who had just received a newborn baby in critical condition. Mya was severely dehydrated and struggling to breathe. We immediately rushed her to a top children’s hospital, where she was diagnosed with a condition known as Esophageal Atresia (EA). EA is a rare congenital birth defect that impacts approximately 1 in every 4,000 newborns.

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Healing Homes Hero of the Week: Jimmy the Hugger

In April of last year, our Heartbridge Healing Home welcomed a new baby named Jimmy.  Jimmy’s orphanage was concerned because he was having trouble feeding after it was discovered that he was born with a heart defect.  The Heartbridge nannies got to work feeding him nutritious formula and giving him specialized care. In August, Jimmy […]

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Domestic Adoptions in 2017

At LWB, it’s a real celebration each time we hear that one of the orphaned children in our China programs has found a  forever home. Ten years ago, almost every child in LWB care would have had their files prepared for international adoption. Today, when we learn a child has been chosen, our first question now is “Domestic or International?” 

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Newborn Twins Ana and Lisa Arrive at the Mukono Baby Room

In early January, we learned of twin newborn girls in Uganda whose mother passed away the day after their birth. What an enormous loss for these preemie sisters. It’s heartbreaking to think of any mom losing her life giving birth. Maternal deaths vary greatly around the world, but the highest rates are still found primarily in Africa. Uganda has made great strides in reducing maternal deaths over the last five years, but their maternal death rate is still a far too high 336 per 100,000 live births.

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Healing Home Hero of the Week: Gentle Nico

This winter, we are going to be sharing the stories of some of the tiniest heroes of all — the babies in our healing homes.  Baby Nico is the very first hero in our series, and we hope that his story of spirit and strength will inspire you. In September, an orphanage in Jiangxi province, China contacted us about a preemie in their care who was not thriving. At three months of age, he weighed just five pounds and was suffering from a chronic upset stomach. We welcomed him to our Anhui Healing Home where we hoped our nannies would be able to help him gain weight and begin to develop as he should.

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The Reluctant Elves of Mukono

Santa has been looking for some new helpers, and we thought the little ones at the Mukono Baby Room might make some good elves. The children, however, don’t seem to be very excited about that idea!

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