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Oliver’s Lengthy Recovery

Precious Oliver, the little boy with Down Syndrome who recently had surgery for a complex heart defect, is still in the hospital under observation. His doctors tried to remove him from the ventilator but have not yet been successful in doing so.  Oliver continues to recover in the ICU. His little body has been through so much, and he still has a long way to go. The doctors have decided Oliver does not need additional surgery at this time, but they will be watching him closely.

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Celebrating 15 Years of Love: Jia’s Story

How many of you remember little Jia? This link to a blog post from 2010, To Love Always, To Heal When Possible might remind you. LWB helped Jia through our medical program 8 years ago, and we wanted to share an update on this little girl’s life.  She had been born with a saccrococygeal teratoma, which is ideally resected within days of life; however, Jia was 7½ months old before LWB was called upon to help. We quickly raised the needed funds for her surgery and monitored her healing. Unfortunately, a year later, Jia’s tumor had returned, and along with it a cancer diagnosis.  We were unsure of her prognosis, but we acted to treat her with chemotherapy and more surgery.  Jia had a long road ahead of her.

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Little Heart Needing BIG Love: Baby Nina

We first learned of baby Nina when her orphanage contacted us asking for emergency help. This tiny newborn had come into the world with multiple medical issues and needed to get to a hospital as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, a major snowstorm in her province closed all the roads and airports, making her transport impossible. By the time she was finally able to be moved, she was in critical condition. Dehydrated, malnourished, and in severe breathing distress, her prognosis seemed grim.

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Oliver’s Struggle

Oliver is a beautiful baby with Down Syndrome whose heart has been sadly failing. His impoverished mother traveled to several hospitals desperately searching for help but was turned away repeatedly. Several weeks ago, our wonderful community came up with the full amount needed for Oliver to have heart surgery through our Unity Initiative. This week, Oliver and his parents arrived at Children’s Hospital of Fudan University in Shanghai to prepare for his big operation.

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Celebrating 15 Years of Love: Jaci

Back in 2004, the government of China launched an unprecedented medical project known as the Tomorrow Plan. This ambitious program would help provide surgeries to thousands of orphaned children with medical needs. Love Without Boundaries was honored to become the first foreign charity to provide funding for the Tomorrow Plan, and we helped arrange the first eight heart surgeries ever done under the program. We chose four children from the Haikou orphanage on Hainan Island and four children from the Shantou orphanage in Guangdong province. The tiniest baby to receive heart surgery was a baby who came to be known as Little Monkey.

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Transposition of the Great Arteries: Baby Nina

Abandoned within the first two weeks of her life, Nina is a newborn with a very complex set of issues in her heart. Her orphanage noticed that she was suffering from breathing distress as well as malnutrition and dehydration, and they called to ask for our help. Once we move Nina to a nearby hospital for an evaluation, doctors discovered that she was born with a severe TGA heart defect. TGA stands for “Transposition of the Great Arteries” and is a rare and extremely serious condition in which the two arteries that leave the heart are reversed, or transposed. This condition can lead to low oxygen levels which in Nina’s case resulted in breathing distress.

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A Visit to Oliver’s Home

It’s almost Chinese New Year, and it’s a wonderful time to visit some of the children in our programs. Today, LWB’s team in Anhui drove out to the rural countryside to pay a visit to baby Oliver and his family.  Oliver was born with Down Syndrome and a complex heart defect.  His family had been to multiple hospitals begging for help for their son, only to be turned away. Today our team got to deliver the wonderful news that our supporters had fully funded the heart surgery he needs to survive.

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Celebrating 15 Years of Love: An Update From Phillip

2018 is a very special year to all of us at Love Without Boundaries, as we celebrate 15 years of helping orphaned and vulnerable children find the hope and healing they deserve. All through this wonderful anniversary year, we’ll be bringing you updates on some of the children whose lives were changed since our work began in 2003.  We hope as you read their stories over the coming months that you will know just what a difference our incredible LWB supporters have made in the world.  Join with us as we celebrate 15 years of love. Our first update is about a little boy who was helped by LWB in 2016. People all over the world fell in love with precious Phillip, a baby from an orphanage in southern China who was born with a complex heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, or ToF.

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Oliver: Because Some Valentines Can’t Wait

With Valentine’s Day is just one week away, we are beginning our celebration early in honor of a little boy named Oliver who desperately needs our help. After suffering from infertility for eight years, Oliver’s mother was thrilled to find herself pregnant in 2015. Immediately following little Oliver’s birth, however, they were given the news that their miracle baby had been born with congenital heart disease and Down Syndrome. In China, around 95% of women terminate their pregnancies if they learn before birth that their child has Down Syndrome.

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Esophageal Atresia: Meet Baby Mya

Earlier in January, LWB was contacted by an orphanage who had just received a newborn baby in critical condition. Mya was severely dehydrated and struggling to breathe. We immediately rushed her to a top children’s hospital, where she was diagnosed with a condition known as Esophageal Atresia (EA). EA is a rare congenital birth defect that impacts approximately 1 in every 4,000 newborns.

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