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Cleft Surgery and Nutrition

Many beautiful new smiles were made during our Cleft Medical Exchange this April!

Mary Beth before and after cleft repair surgery

Before the surgeons could work their magic, the children all had to meet several important milestones, one being that babies must weigh at least ten pounds before having surgery. Ten pounds doesn’t sound like a difficult weight to meet; however, one of the most immediate concern for a baby born with a cleft lip and palate is weight gain. Read more.

The 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange: Day Five

We had another great day in Kaifeng with eight more children receiving surgery today. We’ll start by telling you about the children who are orphaned first, and then introduce you to some of the wonderful rural families we were honored to help with medical care.

As we mentioned yesterday, four of the little boys on today’s OR schedule were from the Kaifeng PT Center, which is a government-sponsored project run by one of the past directors of the Kaifeng orphanage. Read more.

Val: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

On January 4, little Val came to stay with us at our Heartbridge Healing Home. She had just finished a round of IV pneumonia medication and needed some tender loving arms wrapped around her to talk sweetly and hold her close while rocking her to sleep.

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Life was tough for this little one, then ten months old. Born with a heart condition and Down Syndrome, Val struggled to pack on the pounds. She needed some extra weight on her tired little body in order to be able to fight her way through her much-needed heart surgery. Read more.

Callie’s Journey to a Family in China

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Found on a cold February morning weighing just over three pounds, preemie Callie was brought to an orphanage in eastern China. They called us immediately for assistance, and Callie was admitted to the hospital for emergency medical care. Read more.

Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day With Us!

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Like Gerri, we are excited to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day today!  March 21, or 3-21, has been designated as a day to bring awareness to the wonderful children around the world who live each day with a third copy of chromosome 21 in Trisomy-21, the most common form of Down Syndrome. Read more.

Being A Healing Home Nanny

When we tell the stories of children in our Medical and Healing Homes programs, we often mention the nannies.  The crucial role that these women play in the lives of the children in their care cannot be underestimated. Healing Home nannies typically spend more time with these children than anyone else has in their entire lives.  The first real relationship that many of these orphaned children will have with an adult is with their nanny.

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One of the former nannies in our healing homes program, Liu Yan, tells us about her experiences and feelings — from the nanny’s perspective. Read more.

Sweet Lee

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At a little over a month old, tiny Lee was admitted to our Anhui Healing Home (AHH) in early January 2016. Lee was born with a dermoid cyst which formed a very large lump on his lower back. He underwent surgery to have the cyst removed and recovered well. Read more.

SoRoZo: Nine-Year-Old Leaders of Hope

Several weeks ago, I attended our Irish Chinese New Year celebration in Galway, Ireland. This annual event is run by the Irish Chinese Contact Group (ICCG) which has been a wonderful supporter of Love Without Boundaries. Early last month, I heard that Sophie, Roisin and Zoe, all age 9, were going to run a stall at the Chinese new Year event to raise funds for conjoined twins, Harley and James.

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Of course I had seen a photo of the beautiful blanket made in class by fellow students and couldn’t wait to meet the girls. Read more.

Joel: When Something Is Just Right

Several years ago, I had learned about a darling little boy who had been born with an extremely complex heart defect.  He was living at LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home, and on a visit to China I actually got to hold him in my arms. I never could have imagined then that one day I would be his forever mama.

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But my ten-year-old son knew, and he just had to make my heart know as well. And when my heart realized Joel was my son, there was no stopping me. No news on his health challenges could deter me from bringing my son home.
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Aaron’s Journey

Since the early days of his life, Aaron has been in LWB care. Aaron’s life has been touched by a broad range of LWB programs — Medical, Healing Homes, Nutrition, Education, Foster Care and Advocacy — each one working together to benefit one special little boy.

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In late April 2011, a darling boy started his journey in LWB’s hands. Born with a meningocele (spinal tumor), little Aaron was quickly moved to the hospital where he underwent a complex neurosurgery which also required the placement of a shunt. Read more.

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