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LWB’s Unity Fund

LWB’s Unity Fund has been in place for over a decade now.  This special medical initiative was created in 2006 after rural families, distraught and hopeless over not being able to afford medical care for their often critically ill children, learned we were helping those who were orphaned. In their desperation, we had many families offer to give up their children if it meant they could finally receive the medical care they needed. Some of you might remember the photo which made us all realize just how essential family preservation efforts are in rural communities, as no mom or dad should ever have to believe that abandonment is the only choice when it comes to saving the life of their child.

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Congenital Heart Defects: The World’s Most Common Birth Defect

Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect seen worldwide and are a major cause of serious morbidity and mortality in infancy. In 2011, a study was done in China to observe the prevalence of heart defects among babies in Shanghai, which found a prevalence of 18.7 per 1,000 births. This is a significantly higher prevalence than found in North America in the same year, with 6.9 babies per 1,000 being born with heart defects.

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Reggie

It didn’t take long for little Reggie to capture our hearts. In  March, Reggie came into LWB care when he needed help with his ankle and leg. He had an accident and suffered a broken ankle, but his family was unable to afford the medical care he needed, and he never healed properly.

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Morgan’s Eyes

Morgan is 3 ½ years old and is new to our foster care program in Guizhou. When our Foster care team saw Morgan’s photo, they felt that he was in need of urgent medical attention.

We were able to connect Morgan and his foster family with a wonderful eye hospital in Yunnan, and the chief surgeon asked them to travel to the hospital immediately.

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Happy Children’s Day!

June 1st is Children’s Day, and all across China activities are taking place to celebrate the importance of childhood. What a perfect day to reflect on our belief that Every Child Counts. All of us at LWB send our deepest thanks to you for impacting the lives of so many children across China during the last fourteen years.

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Brent, Preparing for Surgery

Brent is coming up on his very first birthday! Now that he is almost one year old, doctors feel it is time for him to have corrective surgery.

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Catey: Look At Her Now!

In August 2014, a baby girl was born in Anhui province with a cleft lip and palate and an umbilical hernia. We named her Catey and welcomed her to our Anhui Healing Home.

When she was four months old, Catey had surgery to repair her cleft lip. Soon after, she graduated to our Huainan foster care program. With her palate still open, Catey struggled to feed well, and she wasn’t gaining the weight we were hoping for.

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Harlow’s Chance for Sight — And a Family

Four-year-old Harlow suffers from limited vision. Staff at her orphanage in Anhui noticed that she often scratches and rubs her eyes and seems to be uncomfortable. When she recently had her physical so that her paperwork could be submitted for adoption, doctors diagnosed her with severe congenital glaucoma.

Sadly, Harlow was unable to receive treatment for her eyes when she was younger, and there is a chance that her vision may be permanently affected.
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Heart Surgery for Baby George

Baby George, just four months old, needs immediate heart surgery.

Since his birth in December, George has already been through five hospitalizations for colds and pneumonia. His parents brought him to a hospital in Anhui this week hoping to find a solution for their precious son. Doctors examined their son and have determined that the large hole in his heart requires immediate surgery. Read more

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Joyful Jordy

Last fall, we were contacted by an orphanage who had just received a baby boy born with the medical need of anal atresia, a congenital birth defect that affects about 1 in every 5,000 births. For many children born with this condition, surgery is needed almost immediately to survive, and it was particularly sad for us to learn that someone in Jordy’s life, perhaps his birthparents, had arranged for him to get the emergency surgery he needed.


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