Archive for 'Medical'

Heart Babies: Colin and Mary

Right now we have two babies with serious heart issues in the hospital in Shanghai. We wanted to introduce them both to you as they need every good thought and prayer sent their way.

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Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect seen worldwide. Read more.

The 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange: Billy, Ella, and Samuel’s Stories

We are just about two weeks away from the start of our 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange. We want to thank everyone for your kindness and generosity in sponsoring children for their surgeries. LWB is blessed with the most AMAZING supporters! We will of course be blogging each day during the week of the exchange, but we wanted to share a few stories of the children coming ahead of time, so that as you follow along that week, you will know some of their background.

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For those new to this type of surgery, you should know that a cleft refers to any gap in a child’s soft tissue, bone, or both. Read more.

Hope for Nancy and Her Family

Nancy’s father is a farmer with an elementary school education. Although he works hard at farming, their income is minimal and is dependent on the weather and crop prices. Nancy was often sick as an infant and required multiple hospitalizations, putting a huge financial strain on this family.

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After repeated hospitalizations for illnesses, her parents took her to two different hospitals for tests to determine why she was always so ill. Read more.

The 2015 Cleft Exchange – Less than 4 Weeks Away!

Planning a cleft exchange takes at least six months of preparations, and the excitement really starts building when we realize we are less than a month away. We are so grateful to everyone who has funded a child for surgery, and there are some truly beautiful children still needing sponsors in their corner!

Unnamed ChildrenSome of the children still in need of sponsors

Some of our supporters have noticed that our cleft exchange surgery costs are a bit more than last year, and we wanted to give you a breakdown on where your donations are going. This year we have set the cost at $750 per child. Read more.

What’s a Cleft Medical Exchange?

Just one more month until the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange, which will take place from April 12-18 at the Kaifeng Children’s Hospital in Henan province.  If you are a new LWB supporter, you may wonder what a cleft exchange is. We are happy to provide more information so you can join in the excitement!

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An LWB Cleft Exchange is a week in which cleft specialists from both the US and China (surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses) come together to share knowledge about the latest developments and advances in the treatment of cleft lip and palate. Dozens of children receive the best medical care possible during this exciting partnership. Read more.

Cheering for Little Joe

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Late last fall, we were asked to help a newborn baby boy who had been found with his intestines on the outside of his body (a condition called gastroschisis). We named him “Little Joe,” and he was rushed to the provincial children’s hospital to begin the process of putting everything back where it belonged.
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Transformations in Store: The 2015 Cleft Exchange

The 2015 Cleft Exchange is quickly approaching, and already more than 35 children are lined up for life-changing surgery. We cannot wait to see the life-changing transformations in store!

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One family that stole our hearts during our 2014 Cleft Exchange was Liane and her grandparents. Liane’s mother left her in their care so she could go to the city and find work. When Liane was six months old, her caring grandparents brought her to Kaifeng Children’s Hospital when they heard about Love Without Boundaries’ offer of free quality surgeries for families in need. Read more.

In Need of No-Nos

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Our 2015 Cleft Exchange is just around the corner! In two months, 35 to 40 children will arrive in Kaifeng for their cleft lip or palate surgery. For those of you who have gone through this surgery with your little one, you know how painful recovery can be, and how helpful those little things we call “no-nos” can be.
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Vivienne’s Second Chance

Back in August, we were contacted by an orphanage who had just taken in a tiny preemie baby weighing just over 1 kg. We rushed little Vivienne to the provincial children’s hospital, where she was admitted to the NICU and placed on oxygen.

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It Takes a Community: Rh Negative Blood in China

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Last week, precious baby Pearl was found at just four days old with a hospital note explaining she had a meningocele, a large “spinal tumor” which is actually a protrusion of the membranes which cover the spine.  Although we do not know for sure, there is a chance that Pearl’s birthparents were unable to afford the surgery and treatment that she would need.  We made arrangements with her orphanage to move her immediately to a hospital in Shanghai. Read more.

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