Archive for 'Medical'

Carolyn

When ten-month-old Carolyn cries, she turns blue due to pulmonary hypertension. This heart defect should have been treated when she was between the ages of three to six months, and every day that passes without surgery is a risk and could lead to permanent complications. Soon, Carolyn’s heart could become unrepairable.

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Carolyn is being raised by grandparents in rural Henan province. They were dismayed to learn about her very serious heart defect and were of course concerned because they knew that heart surgery was very expensive — certainly beyond their limited means. Read more.

Yak Delivery on the Tibetan Plateau

Back in April of this year, we learned about a little boy named Samuel from the Tibetan Plateau who needed cleft lip and palate repair surgery.

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Samuel traveled with his uncle and his father from their remote home to our Cleft Medical Exchange in Kaifeng, Henan. Read more.

Girls On the Move!

During our Teacher Training this June, we were made aware of three beautiful girls in three different Believe in Me schools in need of new medical walkers. We ordered them and couldn’t wait to see how the girls liked them. The walkers have arrived, and when we saw these photos that old Luther Vandross song came to mind:  “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now…We’re on the Move!”

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The Unity Initiative: Changing Lives

Ten years ago, a team of LWB volunteers traveled to Henan to provide surgeries for orphaned children.  What happened there in 2005 changed the lives of these volunteers and became the seed of an idea that blossomed into our Unity Initiative.

Baby Yue

As word of the surgeries spread, a crowd of families began to form at the hospital. These families were mostly rural farmers who were unable to afford life-changing surgeries that their children desperately needed, and many of them had walked for days to reach the hospital, clinging to the hope that their children could possibly be healed. Read more.

Hope and Help for Jacob’s Eye

Little Jacob is only three years old. When he arrived at his orphanage, he had clearly suffered a serious injury which sadly impacted his precious eyesight.

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Jacob’s orphanage contacted us to see if we could help, and we arranged for Jacob to be taken to Xinhua Hospital to see an eye expert. Read more.

Miracle Maddox Gets Another Chance

A heart attack is something many of us associate with an older person. Yet even children can have heart attacks. Yesterday we learned that little Maddox, a child from our Unity Initiative waiting to receive funding for heart surgery, had a heart attack. Maddox was rushed to the nearest hospital and thankfully was stabilized. Now, however, he needs a pacemaker to help control his heart’s rhythms and prevent another attack while he waits for his surgery.

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Just four years old, Maddox lives in a rural area in Anhui province. His household of nine family members struggles to make a living farming less than one-half acre of farmland that they own. Read more.

Huck: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

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Huck, named after a favorite book character by one of our volunteers, came to the attention of our Medical Team just one month ago. His orphanage was very concerned about his inability to gain any weight as well as a rapidly growing tumor on the left side of his neck. Read more.

Cayden: Against All Odds

In February, we received a call from an orphanage who had a baby in severe distress struggling to survive.  He had a large laryngeal cyst on his neck and was struggling to breathe and swallow. We immediately took him to the hospital and named him Cayden.

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Following surgery and treatment for a nagging respiratory infection that he couldn’t shake, Cayden finally joined our Heartbridge Healing Home in mid-March. Cayden was very small and weak and didn’t have many reserves in his little body to fight off another infection. Read more.

Meredith: A Medical Success Story

Meredith was born in 2011 in Shaanxi Province.  Her family includes her father and mother, plus her paternal grandparents, both of whom have medical issues requiring medication. Meredith’s mother stays at home to care for Meredith and the grandparents.  Meredith’s father works as a day laborer, so his income isn’t stable to support the entire family of five people.Meredith 1 Read more.

Gorgeous Guillem

Late last year, we added a new student to our Believe in Me school in Shanxi province. Guillem, as he came to be called, had just recently entered orphanage care, and his somber little face stole our hearts the moment we saw his first photo. The orphanage staff didn’t have any information on his background, but we hoped that joining our education program would give him the encouragement and stability he needed.

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