Archive for 'Medical'

Kennette: Still She Fights On

The name Kennette means ‘extremes’…extremes in fortune, health and spirituality; the bearer of this name is said to either enjoy great success or suffer abject misery.

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Born just a few weeks ago, baby Kennette has more than fulfilled the ‘suffering abject misery’ portion of her name…and still she fights on. Read more.

Saying “Yes” to Baby Daniel

At 3:00 in the morning, an orphanage in Anhui province received a tiny bundle. When they took a closer look, the baby in their care had likely been born less than 24 hours ago.

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They also noticed that he had an abdominal issue that was beyond what they could handle, so they called us to see if we could help. Read more.

Climbing Mountains for Laurel

Two days after her birth, Laurel’s parents knew that their tiny daughter needed immediate medical care. They brought her from their remote home on the Tibetan Plateau to Bomi County to see a doctor who told her parents that she had a congenital birth defect which required immediate surgery. Unfortunately, the local hospital was unable to do anything to help her. Her parents took her to two additional hospitals in a desperate attempt to help their newborn daughter. Because she was so young, the local doctors were afraid to attempt surgery and so they sent her family home to survive as best they could.

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Jenn’s Story of Triumph

Back in December, 2014 we were called by a rural orphanage in central China who had just discovered a tiny newborn outside their gates. Jenn, as she came to be called, weighed just two pounds, and she was left on one of the coldest nights of the year.


Miraculously, she somehow found the strength to survive, and we rushed her urgently to the nearest hospital with a pediatric ICU. She was diagnosed with both hypothermia and prematurity and began a true fight for her life. Read more.


When ten-month-old Carolyn cries, she turns blue due to pulmonary hypertension. This heart defect should have been treated when she was between the ages of three to six months, and every day that passes without surgery is a risk and could lead to permanent complications. Soon, Carolyn’s heart could become unrepairable.

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Carolyn is being raised by grandparents in rural Henan province. They were dismayed to learn about her very serious heart defect and were of course concerned because they knew that heart surgery was very expensive — certainly beyond their limited means. Read more.

Yak Delivery on the Tibetan Plateau

Back in April of this year, we learned about a little boy named Samuel from the Tibetan Plateau who needed cleft lip and palate repair surgery.

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Samuel traveled with his uncle and his father from their remote home to our Cleft Medical Exchange in Kaifeng, Henan. Read more.

Girls On the Move!

During our Teacher Training this June, we were made aware of three beautiful girls in three different Believe in Me schools in need of new medical walkers. We ordered them and couldn’t wait to see how the girls liked them. The walkers have arrived, and when we saw these photos that old Luther Vandross song came to mind:  “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now…We’re on the Move!”

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The Unity Initiative: Changing Lives

Ten years ago, a team of LWB volunteers traveled to Henan to provide surgeries for orphaned children.  What happened there in 2005 changed the lives of these volunteers and became the seed of an idea that blossomed into our Unity Initiative.

Baby Yue

As word of the surgeries spread, a crowd of families began to form at the hospital. These families were mostly rural farmers who were unable to afford life-changing surgeries that their children desperately needed, and many of them had walked for days to reach the hospital, clinging to the hope that their children could possibly be healed. Read more.

Hope and Help for Jacob’s Eye

Little Jacob is only three years old. When he arrived at his orphanage, he had clearly suffered a serious injury which sadly impacted his precious eyesight.


Jacob’s orphanage contacted us to see if we could help, and we arranged for Jacob to be taken to Xinhua Hospital to see an eye expert. Read more.

Miracle Maddox Gets Another Chance

A heart attack is something many of us associate with an older person. Yet even children can have heart attacks. Yesterday we learned that little Maddox, a child from our Unity Initiative waiting to receive funding for heart surgery, had a heart attack. Maddox was rushed to the nearest hospital and thankfully was stabilized. Now, however, he needs a pacemaker to help control his heart’s rhythms and prevent another attack while he waits for his surgery.


Just four years old, Maddox lives in a rural area in Anhui province. His household of nine family members struggles to make a living farming less than one-half acre of farmland that they own. Read more.