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Preemie Olive

In July, our Heartbridge Healing Home welcomed a tiny preemie weighing just four pounds. Her name was Olive. Olive was so tiny and weak that she could barely suck on her bottle. Thankfully, the Heartbridge nannies have lots of experience with premature babies. In just one month, she was quickly downing entire bottles right to the last drop!

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Jason: Experiencing Life and Love With His Foster Family

We first met Jason in March of 2015 as a two-month-old little boy with a GI defect in need of immediate care. Following surgery and many months at the Anhui Healing Home, Jason’s medical needs were stabilized, and he was able to move out of the healing home and into LWB foster care. Jason was welcomed with open arms by a happy foster family in Anhui.

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Beth, The Smile Bearer

In fall of 2016, Beth arrived at the Mukono Baby Room under very sad circumstances. Her mother left the family, and Beth’s father was unemployed and unable to provide enough for her to eat. As a result, she was severely malnourished. At one year old, she weighed just 15 pounds. We can’t show you her photo here, but we will share that her ribs were clearly visible. Thankfully, Beth has overcome her sad beginnings and has happily settled into life at the Mukono Baby Room.

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The Mukono Baby Room: Spotlight on Nutrition

UNICEF estimates that around 2.3 million children in Uganda are chronically malnourished. Indeed, the majority of children in the Mukono Baby Room came to the Tenderhearts Healing Home severely ill from malnutrition. Chronic poverty, neglect due to parental alcoholism or drug abuse, misguided beliefs about feeding practices, prematurity, loss of a parent, HIV infection or other infectious diseases, and food insecurity are all contributing factors to the issue of childhood malnutrition.

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Baby Griffin

In early July, an orphanage in Anhui called us for help. They had just received an abandoned three-week old baby boy who was malnourished, dehydrated, and had a seriously bloated abdomen. Afraid that he might have an intestinal obstruction, we rushed him to the hospital. Doctors discovered that he had necrotizing entercolitis, or NEC, a life-threatening […]

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Bekah’s Watermelon Run

Preparations are underway for one of our favorite events of the year, coming up at the end of September: Bekah’s Watermelon Run! As a baby, Bekah was cared for at our Heartbridge Healing Home. We all rejoiced when she was adopted, and then grieved with her family when she suddenly passed away months after coming home. Bekah’s big sister Lindsay (seen here in the middle) had an idea for honoring her little sister: a race to raise money for “other little Bekahs”

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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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Happy Children’s Day!

June 1st is Children’s Day, and all across China activities are taking place to celebrate the importance of childhood. What a perfect day to reflect on our belief that Every Child Counts. All of us at LWB send our deepest thanks to you for impacting the lives of so many children across China during the last fourteen years.

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Brent, Preparing for Surgery

Brent is coming up on his very first birthday! Now that he is almost one year old, doctors feel it is time for him to have corrective surgery.

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Catey: Look At Her Now!

In August 2014, a baby girl was born in Anhui province with a cleft lip and palate and an umbilical hernia. We named her Catey and welcomed her to our Anhui Healing Home.

When she was four months old, Catey had surgery to repair her cleft lip. Soon after, she graduated to our Huainan foster care program. With her palate still open, Catey struggled to feed well, and she wasn’t gaining the weight we were hoping for.

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