Archive for 'Medical'

Xander: LWB’s Featured Child Of The Week

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.

Helping Impoverished Rural Families with Cleft Needs

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.

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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.

Cleft Surgeries for the Datong Orphanage

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:

Libby

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Chandler: Home At Last!

Not even a week after she was born, we first met Chandler. 

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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.

Norah: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Six-month-old Norah lives with her family of seven in rural Anhui province. With little land and low income, this family of seven has experienced great financial hardship.  Read more.

Sarah: From Heartbridge to Home

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.

Amanda

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.

Little Joe’s Journey to His Forever Family

This photo is the very first one taken of Little Joe.

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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.

The Shanxi Seven: Planning Cleft Surgeries

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!

CME2016 Charlie B&A

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.

Briella: Cleft Surgery for a Nomadic Family

Although we have done some work on the Tibetan Plateau through our Unity Initiative, we recently received our first application from a Mongolian family living there:  Briella and her mom. Briella’s mother is a nomadic herder on the remote grasslands of Qinghai province. During the summer, mother and daughter live in a tent as they follow a herd of grazing yaks. In the winter, when temperatures can get to -30 Celsius, they live in an earthen house with other herders in a remote village. Read more.

Meet Landon

Today we would like to introduce you to a little boy named Landon who lives in an orphanage in Anhui province. Isn’t he a handsome guy?

Landon is ten years old and was born with microtia, a congenital issue where the external ear is underdeveloped. Read more

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