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Cleft Bottles for Cambodia

Babies who are born with cleft lip or palate often have difficulty gaining weight. This leads to babies with cleft being diagnosed as failure to thrive and even sadly passing away. We are hoping to prevent this problem by bringing cleft bottles to Cambodia.

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Baby Niles: A Unity Fund Success Story

In late June, we were asked to help a seven-month-old baby from rural Anhui province named Niles. Niles was born with a congenital heart defect and had suffered from recurring pneumonia his entire life. Doctors recommended that Niles have heart surgery, but his family was unable to afford the steep cost.

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Grace: Still Fighting

On Monday, a brave Ugandan girl named Grace was wheeled into an operating room in Kenya. Fourteen-year-old Grace has been fighting a rare medical condition in which thousands of small tumors have filled her abdomen. This rare condition could be life-threatening for this beautiful teen, and Grace was brokenhearted when she had to drop out […]

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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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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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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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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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