Just this week, two tiny babies came into our care who require urgent medical attention. We are so grateful to be able to help these little ones receive the life saving surgeries and medical treatment they need. However, we are only able to provide hope and healing to these vulnerable children because of support from you, our amazing donors. Right now, we are in real need of emergency medical funds to help babies like Paxton, Violet, and Andy.
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LWB’s Medical Program first met Alejandra in early 2011 when her orphanage in Guizhou Province asked us to help provide for her medical care. Alejandra was born with a severe facial cleft and needed cleft surgery, as well as another surgery for a painful and complicated hernia. At four years old she had her hernia surgery first.
Bethany is a lively and outgoing child who was born with a complex heart defect. She is full of “why” questions; when our hospital manager Selina visited her, she asked, “Why are you taking my picture?” and “Why are you here to visit me?” She captured the heart of Selina, and ours too, with her sweet smile and curious personality. Read more.
At the end of February, we were contacted by a rural orphanage in Anhui. They had just taken in a newborn baby girl with a spinal tumor that had most likely ruptured during her birth. Our medical program team moved her immediately to a hospital in Shanghai, and surgery was performed right away. We knew that she would need many prayers, as once a tumor has broken open, the risk of serious infection is high. We were cautiously optimistic when she came through surgery well, and her first reports were positive. Read more.
We were first asked to help Jiang when he was eleven months old. A relative of Jiang’s worked as a nanny in an orphanage where we help many children, and the nanny directed Jiang’s family to apply for help through Love Without Boundaries. Partnering with Smile Train in Kunming, we were able to provide cleft lip surgery for Jiang in February of 2012 with the help of our Unity Fund. His family traveled 200 miles from their home in a rural town in Guizhou to seek help for their son. Read more.
LWB first met Emily a year ago, and who could forget her! This spunky little girl with a big personality was dealing with multiple special needs, including three missing limbs, cleft lip, and a heart defect. Emily had her cleft lip surgery during our 2012 Cleft Medical Exchange last April and then stayed at Heartbridge Healing Home before and after her heart surgery. In December Emily, now named Jennai, was adopted by her American family. Read more.
Our director in Beijing took Yong and his foster dad back to the Bayi Hospital today. We were hopeful that the doctors would do a few more tests and then sign the approval for him to come to LA, but they now feel they can do the surgery in Beijing and are not in need of our assistance for him. We spoke with many officials about this news, and they are confident the surgery can be done at this hospital.
We know this will come as an enormous shock to you – as we are honestly still processing the news ourselves. Read more.
We wanted to give you an update on Yong, the little boy from Guizhou you all have taken into your hearts. As we announced several weeks ago, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles has agreed to accept his case. Thanks to so many wonderful and kind supporters, we were able to raise the funds needed for his surgery. Everything came together over Chinese New Year, so we were waiting for government offices to reopen in order to get his passport and visa finalized.
Right after Chinese New Year, we were told that the government had created a new policy at the very end of 2012 which requires all orphaned children to be seen at a government approved hospital first, before they can leave the country for medical care. The hospitals which had seen Yong in the past in China were not official Tomorrow Plan hospitals. The local government in Yong’s province said they could not approve him leaving for LA until they got national permission first. His province has not sent a child abroad for surgery before, and so they are of course wanting every proper permission to be in place. Read more.