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Journey to Cambodia 2017: Hope in the Slums

About a quarter of the world’s population live in slums, officially defined as “squalid and overcrowded districts inhabited by people in poverty.”  In the region we recently visited in Cambodia, that definition was sadly accurate. We passed shanty after shanty built right along the railroad track, metal shacks thrown up by squatters, with dangling electrical lines I was told were illegally and dangerously spliced in. We came to this slum in Cambodia in search of a baby girl whom Leng, our LWB Cambodia Director, first met at a border crossing between Cambodia and Thailand. Leng had been extremely concerned to see how malnourished and sick the little girl was.

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Selena: Our First Medical Case In India

As part of our expansion to help children around the globe, LWB is thrilled to announce a new collaboration with the international NGO Khusi Hona. We would like to introduce the first child we are helping medically in India:  Selena. Selena’s parents both work as manual laborers. When she was two years old, Selena had a boil on her foot. The boil became severely infected and damaged the tendons in her foot, causing it to contract.

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A Helping Hand To Rural Families: Our Unity Initiative

One-year-old Sharmaine lives in a rural village in Anhui province, a region known for growing traditional Chinese herbs and medicine. When she was born, however, she needed far more than the ancient healing methods available. Sharmaine was quickly diagnosed with a congenital heart defect that required surgery.  Her parents and aging grandmother were sadly unable to pay for the life-saving operation she needed. 

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2017 Cleft Bottle Campaign

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 children in Asia.

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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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