Archive for 'Medical'

Fabian

Fabian

Weighing just 12 pounds at 14 months old, little Fabian came to us with blue lips and fingers and was having great difficulty breathing. His orphanage was very concerned about how weak he was and asked if we could help. Read more.

Look At Them Now!

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Thirty children had cleft lip or palate surgery eight months ago during our 2014 Cleft Exchange, and periodically we receive updated photos and reports on their progress. We hope you’ll enjoy seeing some of their smiling faces! Read more.

Joys and Sorrows

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LWB first began while trying to help a tiny baby boy receive life saving heart surgery. And while sometimes I am credited with starting it, the reality is that an entire community of people came together to help Baby Kang get his second chance. His life would not have been saved without the outpouring of support from people around the world, people who truly cared about a little boy whom they had never met in person. Read more.

Felicia and Nancy

Over the years, LWB’s Unity Initiative has helped families remain together in difficult times. Over the holidays, eight rural, impoverished families came to us requesting help funding surgeries for their children. Thanks to our Unity Initiative Fund, we were able to help many of these families immediately. However, two more families remain unfunded who have asked for help so that their daughters —  Felicia and Nancy — can have heart surgeries.

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Felicia’s father is a farmer with many mouths to feed in his family. Read more.

Cohen

Back in August, we were contacted by an orphanage in Anhui province who had taken a premature baby into their care. They told us the baby was very difficult to feed and listless, with a very low body temperature.

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We rushed little Cohen to the provincial children’s hospital for emergency care, where doctors stabilized his temperature in an incubator. Read more.

Snapshots of 2014

On this very last day of 2014, we give thanks for all the lives changed this year because of your support. This week we’ve been reflecting on just how much we have accomplished together and have chosen a few special moments to highlight. Join with us in remembering a very special year of hope and healing, and please know that none of it would have been possible without you.

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Top Ten Photos of 2014: Smiles from Michelle and Shelby

This week we continue counting down the photos you chose as your favorites of 2014!  Photos #4 and #3 feature the smiles of two girls, Michelle and Shelby.

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When orphanages reach out to us for assistance, they often send a photo and information on the child they are calling about. This past summer we were asked to help a new arrival who had been born with albinism. When we opened up baby Michelle’s photo, we couldn’t help but smile. Have you ever seen such a wonderful little grin? Read more.

Top Ten Photos of 2014: Scenes from the Hospital

Many of the children in our care have medical needs and require surgery, and as a result we see quite a few photos of children in the hospital. Today’s Top Ten Photos could not be more different, however!

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LWB held another successful medical exchange in April, with Chinese and American doctors coming together to heal children born with cleft lip and palate. This photo captured a great moment we called “Triple Trouble,” as these three little ones from Gansu Province awaited their surgeries. Read more.

Helping Families Stay United: Love Starts Here

Tom is only a few months old and has undoubtedly had a rough start – but this little guy is a fighter!

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At just ten days old, Tom ‘s family rushed him to the hospital because he was ill, and he had surgery for appendicitis. Then, the surgery site became infected, causing parts of his colon and small intestine to become damaged.  Another surgery removed the damaged areas and gave him a temporary colostomy so he could heal.  Little Tom been in the ICU since the surgery, which means that his family can’t visit him. Read more.

Love Starts With Us

Just as mine is, Kelly’s social media feed is filled with images of orphans waiting in China. Sometimes it’s overwhelming. Sometimes those little faces get lost. But in February of 2013, my friend didn’t scroll past LWB’s blog post, “Jenny, Jenny”. She read it and took a moment to share it, urging, “Jenny needs a family.”

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And our love story started there. With a keystroke, a friend introduced us to our daughter, and love came fiercely. Read more.

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