Archive for 'Medical'

Helping Families Stay United: Love Starts Here

Tom is only a few months old and has undoubtedly had a rough start – but this little guy is a fighter!

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At just ten days old, Tom ‘s family rushed him to the hospital because he was ill, and he had surgery for appendicitis. Then, the surgery site became infected, causing parts of his colon and small intestine to become damaged.  Another surgery removed the damaged areas and gave him a temporary colostomy so he could heal.  Little Tom been in the ICU since the surgery, which means that his family can’t visit him. Read more.

Love Starts With Us

Just as mine is, Kelly’s social media feed is filled with images of orphans waiting in China. Sometimes it’s overwhelming. Sometimes those little faces get lost. But in February of 2013, my friend didn’t scroll past LWB’s blog post, “Jenny, Jenny”. She read it and took a moment to share it, urging, “Jenny needs a family.”

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And our love story started there. With a keystroke, a friend introduced us to our daughter, and love came fiercely. Read more.

Gastroschisis

Those of you who follow us on social media know that this fall, we took in two babies, one right after the other, who were born with a rare birth defect called Gastroschisis.

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These babies were found with their intestines on the outside of their bodies, which happens when the muscles which make up a baby’s abdominal wall don’t form properly. Scientists believe this happens approximately during the fourth week of pregnancy, and while no one knows for sure the exact cause, a high percentage (at least in the U.S.) are born to teenage moms. I still remember the very first baby we took in with this condition, as I stared at my computer for quite a long while thinking, “That just isn’t possible.” Now of course I know that while rare (approximately 1 in every 5,000 births), babies with this condition can do very well with immediate treatment. Read more.

Qingyang: Love Starts Here

Several months ago, we were contacted by some parents who had adopted from the Qingyang orphanage in Gansu province. They wondered if we would consider starting any of our programs here, and so we began discussions with local officials about which of our projects might benefit the children in their care.

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This orphanage has over 100 children born with medical needs, and many of them are unable to attend public school. Because of this, we decided that opening one of our Believe in Me schools onsite would be a great first partnership. Read more.

Cohen: Love Starts Here

As the writer Eda LeShan once said,  “A new baby is like the beginning of all things –wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.”  

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Little Cohen was born prematurely and came into our hands weighing just 2 kg. His orphanage had called us when he was first found because they were worried about his tiny size. Read more.

Alone

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Since I returned from my recent trip to China at the end of October, my thoughts have been with the newly abandoned babies in the hospitals. As I walked through the huge wards of critically ill children, rooms overflowing with dozens of children in every possible space, I realized just how strong orphaned babies with medical needs must be. Read more.

Arya the Adventurer

In the summer of 2012, we were contacted by a rural orphanage about a new baby they had taken in with cleft lip and a small heart defect.  She was jaundiced and difficult to feed, and sadly many babies born with this special need become failure to thrive very quickly in an orphanage setting. They asked if we could possibly take her into our care at the Anhui Healing Home. We thankfully had an open bed and told them to move her immediately.

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This beautiful baby girl was given the name of Arya (because one of our volunteers was reading Game of Thrones), and she soon had her very first bath given by one of our loving nannies. Read more.

The B Babies

Our minds have been stuck on the letter “B” this week! In the past few days, we have taken in two new babies and been very concerned about another baby from our Heartbridge Healing Home — all with names beginning with the letter B. So without further ado, we want to give you an update on all three B babies: Bridget, Brayden, and Brent.

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Amanda: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Back in the summer of 2012, a tiny baby was discovered inside a cardboard box, wrapped carefully in a towel. She was extremely thin, with blue lips and fingers. When she was taken to the local orphanage, the nannies quickly realized she had issues with her heart.

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Great Beginnings: The Cleft Bottle Project

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Our Cleft Bottle Project is underway and off to a great start. Soft bottles designed for feeding children with cleft lip or palate are not available for purchase in China. In 2012 we worked with the Mead Johnson Company to have the bottles produced in China. We delivered those bottles to orphanages and healing homes and wherever we heard of a need. Read more.

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