On August 26 and 27, I had the pleasure of accompanying my mother to Littleton, Colorado to run the second annual “Bekah’s Watermelon Run.” This run is in memory of a little girl named Bekah who had once lived at LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home, which is how my mother knew her (she volunteers as coordinator for the home). Read more.
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Twins Reagan and Sydney are smiling thanks in part to their Prenan formula. These adorable sisters were born prematurely in February, and Prenan is especially formulated for premature infants like them. It helps to increase weight and rapid growth in infants with low birth weight. Don’t these sisters look wonderful?
Sometimes the standard, off-the-grocery shelf formula isn’t able to meet the nutritional needs of a medically fragile child, and a specialized formula is the key to helping them heal. Read more.
Just last week, an orphanage in Anhui contacted us about this sweet little guy named Xander. He had just come into their care at seven months old and was suffering from some kind of anorectal malformation.
Xander was immediately taken to the hospital, and doctors determined that he has a perineum fistula. Read more.
Many rural, farming families seeking medical care for their cleft-affected children must travel long distances over difficult terrain. The nearest hospital may be located many hours or even a day’s journey from their homes in the countryside, and most families travel by long-distance bus or trains to get their child medical help. Not only is travel difficult, but they must also arrange for time away from their fields and farms, or herds, or ask for time away from their jobs.
Medical care in China must typically be paid for up front, and it can be difficult for families to learn that they don’t have adequate funds for the surgery their child needs after they have made such a long journey. Read more.
This past weekend, four adorable kids from the Datong orphanage in Shanxi province began a long journey to finally receive life-changing cleft surgery. First came a five-hour bus ride to Beijing, followed by a five-hour train ride to Shanghai. Because we want every child to get the best repair possible, we arranged for them to be seen by a wonderful surgeon at Fudan University. We thought the children and their caregivers would be exhausted, but they were pretty happy when our China manager met up with them. We would like you to meet these brave travelers:
Not even a week after she was born, we first met Chandler.
Chandler was born with complex heart disease. Shortly after her birth, she was taken to the Xiaoxian orphanage in northern Anhui province. LWB has a wonderful relationship with this orphanage, and the director called us right away to see if Chandler could be cared for in our Anhui Healing Home. When she arrived into our hands, she weighed just 3 kg. Read more.
In the fall of 2014, LWB was contacted by an orphanage in Guangdong province about a little girl who was almost three. When she had entered their care, she was very weak and short of breath, and her lips and fingers were deep blue.
We were able to move Amanda to Shanghai for medical evaluation, where we learned she had a serious heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot, which is normally repaired in infancy. Following her complex surgery at Fudan University, Amanda became a resident of our Heartbridge Healing Home. She needed time to heal and catch up on the developmental milestones she had missed due to her illness. We immediately fell in love with her beautiful, somber face. Read more.
This photo is the very first one taken of Little Joe.
Many of you might remember that Little Joe was born in late summer of 2014 with his intestines on the outside of his body — a rare condition called gastroschisis. Sadly, before he was found by the police, he was exposed to the elements, and part of his intestine dried out. Read more.
During our Cleft Medical Exchange in April, we were honored to be able to help Charlie, a little boy from an orphanage in Shanxi province. Charlie was the first child that this orphanage had ever entrusted to our care, and we of course were thrilled to be able to provide him with surgery to repair his unilateral cleft lip. What a difference it made for him!
Charlie returned to his orphanage following his time in the hospital in Henan. His orphanage was very pleased with his repair and recently asked us if we could help seven other children also receive cleft repair surgeries. Read more.