With our 2014 cleft exchange quickly approaching there are many details that need to be finalized. The end result — dozens of sweet children receiving cleft surgery from experienced medical staff — is definitely worth all of the careful planning. This surgery will be life-changing in so many ways. Not only will the children have fantastic new smiles, but they will also be better able to eat and drink , which gives them a chance to get the proper amount of nutrition in their little tummies for normal growth and development. Read more.
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Today we are making an emergency appeal for little Steven, who is currently in the ICU in Beijing battling for his life. We hope you will read his story and want to be a part of his healing as well.
In June of 2013, sweet Steven came into LWB’s care. He had the most angelic little face but an angry, fresh surgical scar on his tummy. Steven had been born with anal atresia, one of the most feared special needs in China. Our staff could tell his birthparents had tried to help him with surgery, but most likely the hospital they used in his rural city didn’t know the best way to help him. Perhaps the fear of not being able to provide the medical care he needed led them to abandon him. Read more.
Without a doubt, February 14th has come to be synonymous with candy, love, and hearts. Whether you are anxiously awaiting this Friday or dreading everything about the day of love, we at LWB want to tell you about a very special little boy whose heart issues need all the love we can give.
Little Bran was found last April with a box of medicine beside him and a note that he had congenital heart disease. Read more.
In 2013 LWB opened a new education program at an orphanage in Guangdong Province. This new relationship helped open the doors for the cleft-affected children in their care to finally get the surgery they need. Aimee and Harley saw four of their friends leave and come back with new beautiful smiles, and now it’s finally their turn.
Aimee is four years old and has had to live for far too long with an unrepaired cleft lip and palate. This sweet girl especially enjoys art and music in class and likes to play with toy cars. Because of her appearance, Aimee is treated poorly and called names. Read more.
Rob is a new arrival to LWB’s Anhui Healing Home (AHH), but he is not new to LWB. Rob just arrived from LWB’s Starbridge Healing Home, where he put on his first five pounds in just a couple of short months. Sometimes our healing home bed planning involves moving babies to the home that is nearest to the best medical care for their needs. Rob swapped with another baby for exactly that reason, and we are all delighted to welcome him at AHH. Read more.
In November, five children traveled to Shanghai to receive free cleft lip and palate surgeries at Fudan Hospital. A month before, Fudan contacted us to offer children in our programs these free surgeries to celebrate the opening of their new charitable organization, Bestway. We scrambled to line up the children in time to travel, knowing this was a wonderful opportunity to receive very quality repairs.
One of the major stumbling blocks we faced was finding caregivers to stay with the children in the hospital. Grace and Tony came from an orphanage in Guangdong Province where we recently started an education program, and there weren’t enough nannies from their orphanage to send on the trip. Read more.
LWB learned of an extremely impoverished family who desperately was trying to get heart surgery for their son Tong. Thanks to our Unity Fund, we were able to heal this little boy’s heart. While he was in the hospital, we learned that his mother was dying of an untreated heart condition as well. She had never sought medical treatment because she wanted her son’s life to come before hers. One of our amazing volunteers asked her church to consider giving the gift of life to Tong’s mother as well, and her surgery was soon fully funded.
This poignant photo shows the moment Tong said goodbye to his mom before she was wheeled back to the operating room. Read more.
A medical team visited a Chongqing orphanage during this past summer and evaluated a little one with an open fracture of her femur. The team was concerned for the girl and talked to the director regarding surgery but was told the funds needed to be raised first. Sadly it was discovered the sweet Emma had the fracture when she arrived at the orphanage, and no one knew how or when the injury happened.
Recently the team returned to the orphanage and learned that Emma STILL had not had the surgery, so they reached out to Love Without Boundaries to help. Based on photos we have received and information provided to us, the leg is showing signs of irreversible damage. Read more.
When little Emma arrived at the orphanage this summer, it was discovered that this gorgeous four-year-old had an open fracture of her left leg. No one knows how Emma fractured her leg, or how long ago the injury occurred, but what we do know is that she urgently needs surgery before she develops a severe infection.
LWB has just learned about this child and are doing our best to help her get the medical help she so desperately needs. Read more.
This summer, a migrant worker from Guizhou Province wrote us a letter requesting help for his son, Dalang. His baby boy was diagnosed with complex heart disease (CHD) when he was just three months old, and the family did not have the money to pay for the necessary surgery but were unwilling to give up. They heard about LWB’s Unity Fund and wrote requesting help (“A Father’s Plea for Help”). LWB supporters were moved and quickly came through, and Dalang was able to receive the surgery he needed to live a normal life. DaLang’s father recently sent us these photos along with a letter of thanks.