Archive for 'Medical'

Vivienne: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Coined by 16th century poet John Donne, the expression “No man is an island entire of itself” can well refer to foster care, or any one of our programs. Though distinct entities, our programs are tightly connected and work closely together to achieve the best possible outcomes for each and every child that we care for.

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Not yet one year old, Vivienne is a wonderful example of not two but three programs connecting and communicating to care, nurture and love her. Born prematurely, Vivienne was a tiny, fragile baby when our Medical team facilitated necessary hospitalization. Read more.

These Children Changed My Life

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Last month, I traveled to China with my mother as part of the team of volunteers who helped with LWB’s 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange. I am so grateful to LWB for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity. As someone who wants to become a doctor in addition to being adopted from China made this cleft exchange an extremely profound experience for me. Read more.

The Healing Begins: The 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

Several weeks ago we took you on journey with over 30 children who were scheduled to have cleft repair surgery during our 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange. Just over ten days have passed, and we are receiving updates from some of the families and orphanages on children who are beginning to heal.

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Introducing Jeffrey and Ruth

Last week, our focus was naturally on the children with cleft who were having repair surgeries during our Cleft Medical Exchange. But during this time, of course, several other children with different medical conditions came into our care as well.  We want to introduce you to Jeffrey and Ruth, two new babies with anorectal malformations (ARMs) who recently came into our Medical program.

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As we discussed in a recent blog about ARMs (“Announcing the Loving ARMs Healing Home“), children with this condition typically need three staged surgeries. Read more.

Reflections on the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

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As someone who was on the ground with the children during our 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange, it is difficult to reflect upon everything that happened last week. That being said, it’s even harder to try and condense all of my thoughts into a single blog post! Read more.

Day Seven of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

Today’s morning rounds were the final few hours for our US team in Kaifeng as they prepared to begin their journeys back home. They visited with every child still in the hospital and discussed each case with their Chinese colleagues to ensure a smooth transition of care. It is always so difficult to say goodbye to the dear friends we have made on these trips. What an international effort to make sure so many wonderful kids received the best surgical care possible.

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Many of the kids were cleared to discharge today, while twelve others will stay a few more days to fully recover. Read more.

Day Six of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

We know the blogs get longer each day as we report on more and more kids, but we hope you are enjoying the beautiful images and stories from such a special week in Kaifeng. Each child is just so dear to us, and we hope you are falling in love with their sweet spirits like we are.

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Morning rounds today were very hectic, with 21 little patients to be seen on the ward. Read more.

Day Five of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

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Today was an extremely long day for the team, with the surgeons operating into the evening hours. Read more.

Day Four of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

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Today our team was able to discharge our first three patients. Dave and August left with their families, who were all overjoyed with the surgery results. Even though the kids who come to our trips are only with us for a few days, it is still always so hard to say goodbye. Read more.

Day Three of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

Our team’s day began with morning rounds to check on the children who had surgery yesterday and to make sure the kids on deck were all still doing well.

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