Archive for 'Medical'

Struggling With Each Breath: Walter and Pneumonia Care

When Walter came to the attention of our medical team, he was a newborn boy who had already endured too much adversity in his short 20 days on earth.

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Walter was born with a congenital heart defect. In addition, he was jaundiced and was already suffering from neonatal pneumonia. While it would seem Walter’s heart defect would be his greatest obstacle to overcome, the larger challenge is actually the neonatal pneumonia! Read more.

Lee: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

With the arrival of 2016, we had an arrival of other sorts — baby Lee.  Little Lee was born with a very large teratoma, or tumor, at the base of his spine.

Lee

His orphanage called us as soon as he was left with them as they knew he needed immediate help, and so we rushed him to the hospital in Shanghai. Read more.

Love For Conjoined Twins Harley and James

Conjoined twins Harley and James have been released from the hospital to wait until the full amount of funds have been raised for their surgery. As of now, the surgery to separate the boys is scheduled to occur at Fudan University Children’s Hospital in Shanghai on February 17 if funding is in place — right after the end of the Chinese New Year celebration.

conjoined twins with grandma

Harley and James’ parents are from a remote farming village in Guizhou, which is a long journey from Shanghai. After the boys were discharged from the hospital, their parents traveled with them to Guangxi province, to stay while they wait for news about the surgery.  To save money, they found a house that is scheduled to be demolished, and they will live there until Chinese New Year is over.
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An Update on Baby Luna

We are so happy to report that Luna continues to slowly be weaned from oxygen following her heart surgery in December.  Doctors have cut the amount of extra oxygen she is being given by half, and she is definitely showing much more energy and smiles.

IMG_9898Luna interacting with her nanny

Over the weekend, she was able to remove all of her tubes for a short time to be carried up and down the hallways, which she enjoyed a lot.  We are so grateful to everyone who has been lifting her up and celebrating with us as she gets stronger day by day. Read more.

From Shanghai With Love

For almost two years, I have had the incredible opportunity to get to know the LWB-sponsored children who have come to Shanghai to receive medical care at the top pediatric hospital in China: Children’s Hospital of Fudan University.

Sherri Patrick nanny

I visit the hospital two or three days per week where I hold and comfort the children who are there to face some pretty scary medical procedures. Read more.

An Update on Conjoined Twins Harley and James

First and foremost, we want to thank everyone who has donated to help Harley and James, the adorable twin boys born conjoined at the end of October. Harley and James’ parents are extremely young  — just 20 years old — and are from a small village in rural Guizhou. The boys are joined at their pelvis area, sharing one liver but thankfully having two bladders and four kidneys. The operation to separate them is expected to be extremely complex.

Conjoined twins
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Bibs and No-Nos Needed

In just three months, a team of experienced medical professionals and volunteers will be heading to China for our 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange. Waiting for them there will be dozens of children, along with their caregivers and families, waiting for the opportunity to have life-changing cleft repair surgery.

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As anyone whose child has had surgery knows, recovery can be a difficult time for both the child and their concerned caregiver. Read more.

Farewell to Laurel and Her Dad

Saying goodbye is often sad, but when we’re able to say goodbye knowing that a child we’ve come to care for is now able to function in life without crippling and constant pain, it’s a bittersweet farewell.

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Laurel came to our Loving ARMs Healing Home as a recipient of help through our Unity Initiative. She lives with her family in a remote part of the Tibetan Plateau, and she and her father literally had to climb a mountain to get medical care (read more in, “Climbing Mountains For Laurel“). Read more.

Help for Conjoined Twins From Guizhou

At the end of last October, a very young mom from Guizhou went into labor. Later that evening, her life changed forever when she gave birth to twin baby boys. Very quickly, doctors discovered that the tiny boys had been born conjoined, an extremely rare condition which occurs when a fertilized egg only partially splits into identical twins. In the case of her sons, the babies remained joined together at the abdominal/bladder area.

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Joy: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

This beautiful baby came to us during the last week of 2015, during the season of joy — and thus was named baby Joy!

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Joy is ten months old and needs surgery as soon as possible to repair two holes in her little heart which are causing her health to fail. Joy also has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, and it is fairly common for children with Down Syndrome to also have congenital heart issues. Read more.

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