Archive for 'Healing Home'

Finding Patrick

In April of 2014, I was meeting with officials at an orphanage in Anhui province when a staff member ran into our room.  She explained that a newborn baby had just been found by the police and that the little boy was in need of emergency medical care.

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We were about two hours from Anhui Children’s Hospital and the skilled surgeons there, and so we immediately offered to drive the baby to Hefei so he could get the operation he needed to survive. Read more.

John: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

We would like to introduce you to a sweet little guy named John. John is one of the first residents of our brand new healing home, Loving ARMs (LAHH), which officially opened on September 18th.

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This new home will focus on caring for babies born with anorectal malformations (ARMs), providing them with the specialized care and treatments they need.
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Loving ARMS Healing Home…Now Open!

Imagine you are almost four years old, living in an orphanage in far western China.

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When you were a baby, you had surgery for anal atresia. Since then, you haven’t felt great and have needed repeated medical care. One day you find yourself on a train, headed to a faraway city, and your nanny tells you that you are going to meet people who can hopefully make you feel better. After spending some time in the hospital, you move to a warm, colorful, peaceful place with nannies to care for you and help you get better. You are among the first residents of our brand new Loving ARMs Healing Home! Read more.

Jenn’s Story of Triumph

Back in December, 2014 we were called by a rural orphanage in central China who had just discovered a tiny newborn outside their gates. Jenn, as she came to be called, weighed just two pounds, and she was left on one of the coldest nights of the year.


Miraculously, she somehow found the strength to survive, and we rushed her urgently to the nearest hospital with a pediatric ICU. She was diagnosed with both hypothermia and prematurity and began a true fight for her life. Read more.


On a routine day in late April, a quiet little girl was admitted to Anhui Healing Home. She had traveled from a rural province of China to be cared for through LWB to prepare for her needed cleft lip surgery.


Meet Adaya, born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate and placed into the hands of loving caregivers at AHH who would make sure that she received the care she needed. While Adaya may have started out as shy, her true personality quickly appeared. Read more.

Huck: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week


Huck, named after a favorite book character by one of our volunteers, came to the attention of our Medical Team just one month ago. His orphanage was very concerned about his inability to gain any weight as well as a rapidly growing tumor on the left side of his neck. Read more.

Cayden: Against All Odds

In February, we received a call from an orphanage who had a baby in severe distress struggling to survive.  He had a large laryngeal cyst on his neck and was struggling to breathe and swallow. We immediately took him to the hospital and named him Cayden.


Following surgery and treatment for a nagging respiratory infection that he couldn’t shake, Cayden finally joined our Heartbridge Healing Home in mid-March. Cayden was very small and weak and didn’t have many reserves in his little body to fight off another infection. Read more.

Lots of Socks!

ÅÄÖ Brands/ WARDROBE K, a clothing supplier in Shanghai, contacted LWB a while ago wanting to donate an overstock of socks.  A grand total of 307 pairs of socks for children in our healing homes and local orphanages were received and the kids already seem to be enjoying them!

socks1“Really? This whole box is full of socks?”

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Amazing Amanda

This beautiful little girl joined our Heartbridge Healing Home in December, just two months before her third birthday. She had just had surgery for a complex heart defect and needed extra nurturing care to help her heal and catch up on the many developmental milestones that had been delayed by her illness.

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Upon arrival, a very somber Amanda did not speak or walk, and barely held her head up on her own. Her new nannies were very concerned about this melancholy little girl; would they be able to bring her out of her shell?
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Matteo: An Adoption Story

We adopted our son Matteo from Fuyang in February 2015 when he was 28 months old.


My husband and I initially couldn’t agree on a name, but when we learned his Love Without Boundaries advocacy name was “Matt,” we found our inspiration. Since there are already two Matthews in the family, we chose Matteo and planned to call him Matt for short. However, the only nicknames that have stuck have been “Teo” and his Chinese nickname, Tao Tao.  And that’s how our Chinese-born son adopted by Polish-American and German-American parents got an Italian name. Read more.