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Four Children Waiting For Cleft Surgery in China

LWB has been asked to help with four beautiful children in China who were born with cleft needs.  We are hoping to have their operations done before Chinese New Year in February, as travel becomes incredibly difficult the closer it gets. The three youngest children come from the Kaifeng Physical Therapy Center in Henan. The head nanny from our Henan Healing Home is now the head nanny at the Kaifeng PT Center, and we have done a number of projects with the center. The children here receive excellent care, and we have been pleased to help provide them with orthotics and braces which are very expensive in China.

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Harley and James Prepare for Their Final Surgery

Twins Harley and James were born conjoined in October of 2015 in southern Guangdong Province. Harley and James’s parents were extremely young, and the cost of providing the specialized medical care their new babies required was completely out of their reach. They faced other obstacles as well, as hospitals in their region refused to take the case because of the family’s poverty. Unwilling to give up, the family traveled to Shanghai where they heard that other conjoined twins had been successfully separated. This is where LWB became a part of their story.

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Grace: One of Our Heroes of 2017

This summer, we introduced you to Grace. Grace is a 14-year-old girl from Uganda who was suffering from abdominal tumors so severe that she could barely sit up. Grace had to drop out of school, and when we learned about her plight we were determined to help her. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we were able to raise the full amount needed for Grace’s surgery, and after spending many weeks in the hospital in Kenya, she recovered and came home, dreaming of a way of getting back to school to finally get an education.

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Our Top Ten Photos of 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, it is a perfect time to reflect back on the year’s highlights. Every year we go through thousands of pictures taken in our programs to bring you our much-anticipated Top Ten Photos.  As you look at the children’s beautiful faces, we hope you will realize our life-changing work is only possible because of your kindness and support. Please enjoy a few of our Top Ten Photos of 2017 and click here to visit our website to see them all!

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Keegan and Kolton’s Battle With Leukemia

This October, I had the privilege of meeting two very special boys in our Cambodia Medical program.  We met Keegan and Kolton this June when both boys were very sick.  They were quickly diagnosed with leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells, which was particularly affecting their eyes.

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Bilateral Cleft Lip Transformations

Taryn and Chase are from orphanages in central China, and both were born with bilateral cleft lip. This type of “double” cleft is seen in about 15% of children born with this special need. A bilateral cleft often divides the lip into three segments:  two side sections and a middle segment without muscles. In most cases, there is also involvement with the child’s nose, and the cleft can impact eating, speaking, and even breathing. Having surgery with a well-trained doctor is very important with bilateral cleft.

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A Night of Thanks

Several weeks ago, the ASiA student group (Asian Students in America) at the University of South Florida in Tampa held their 4th annual “Night of Thanks” fundraiser. Each year, ASiA selects a different charity to be the beneficiary of their “Night of Thanks”. This year, Love Without Boundaries was the chosen charity! Our CEO, Amy Eldridge, attended the fundraiser and spoke to the group about LWB’s programs in Cambodia and China.

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A Final Surgery for Harley and James

In early 2016, we learned about twin boys who were born conjoined at their pelvis area.  Harley and James shared one liver but had two bladders and four kidneys. They lived with their 20-year-old parents in a small village in rural Guizhou. The operation to separate them was expected to be extremely complex and costly — completely out of reach for this impoverished family to borrow or pay.

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Jordyn

As Down Syndrome Awareness month moves into National Adoption Month this November, we want to introduce baby Jordyn. Jordyn was born with Down Syndrome and now needs emergency heart surgery to survive…so that someday she can hopefully have a family of her own. We recently received a call from an orphanage in Anhui. A beautiful two-month-old baby girl in their care was suspected of having a serious heart defect in addition to being diagnosed with Down Syndrome. When they asked if we could help her get the quality medical evaluations she needed, we quickly agreed.

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Final Day of the 2017 Cambodia Medical Exchange

It’s our final morning to say “Hello from Phnom Penh and Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital.” We’re happy that all our patients continue to recover well, and that meant a few more discharges were in order. Kenzie’s grandma reported that her granddaughter slept well through the night and completely regained her appetite, so it was time for our team to say goodbye to this beautiful little girl. We’re all wishing her a future filled with love, health, and laughter.

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