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Oliver’s Struggle

Oliver is a beautiful baby with Down Syndrome whose heart has been sadly failing. His impoverished mother traveled to several hospitals desperately searching for help but was turned away repeatedly. Several weeks ago, our wonderful community came up with the full amount needed for Oliver to have heart surgery through our Unity Initiative. This week, Oliver and his parents arrived at Children’s Hospital of Fudan University in Shanghai to prepare for his big operation.

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A Visit to Oliver’s Home

It’s almost Chinese New Year, and it’s a wonderful time to visit some of the children in our programs. Today, LWB’s team in Anhui drove out to the rural countryside to pay a visit to baby Oliver and his family.  Oliver was born with Down Syndrome and a complex heart defect.  His family had been to multiple hospitals begging for help for their son, only to be turned away. Today our team got to deliver the wonderful news that our supporters had fully funded the heart surgery he needs to survive.

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Oliver: Because Some Valentines Can’t Wait

With Valentine’s Day is just one week away, we are beginning our celebration early in honor of a little boy named Oliver who desperately needs our help. After suffering from infertility for eight years, Oliver’s mother was thrilled to find herself pregnant in 2015. Immediately following little Oliver’s birth, however, they were given the news that their miracle baby had been born with congenital heart disease and Down Syndrome. In China, around 95% of women terminate their pregnancies if they learn before birth that their child has Down Syndrome.

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Faye’s Dream

Little Faye is almost four years old. Due to her family’s financial hardship, both of her parents work as migrants far away from her hometown. Fortunately, Faye lives with her grandma and grandpa, who told us that she loves to sing and dance more than anything. They said she is like a little spirit who came out of a fairy tale to bring endless joy to them. Sadly, when she was one year old, doctors diagnosed her with severe pulmonary stenosis, and her family was unable to pay for her operation. For two years they worried and felt helpless, but thankfully this year they heard about LWB’s Unity Initiative and applied right away.

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A Helping Hand To Rural Families: Our Unity Initiative

One-year-old Sharmaine lives in a rural village in Anhui province, a region known for growing traditional Chinese herbs and medicine. When she was born, however, she needed far more than the ancient healing methods available. Sharmaine was quickly diagnosed with a congenital heart defect that required surgery.  Her parents and aging grandmother were sadly unable to pay for the life-saving operation she needed. 

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Baby Niles: A Unity Fund Success Story

In late June, we were asked to help a seven-month-old baby from rural Anhui province named Niles. Niles was born with a congenital heart defect and had suffered from recurring pneumonia his entire life. Doctors recommended that Niles have heart surgery, but his family was unable to afford the steep cost.

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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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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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Smiles…Thanks to Special Formula!

Twins Reagan and Sydney are smiling thanks in part to their Prenan formula. These adorable sisters were born prematurely in February, and Prenan is especially formulated for premature infants like them. It helps to increase weight and rapid growth in infants with low birth weight. Don’t these sisters look wonderful?

Sometimes the standard, off-the-grocery shelf formula isn’t able to meet the nutritional needs of a medically fragile child, and a specialized formula is the key to helping them heal. Read more.

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Helping Impoverished Rural Families with Cleft Needs

Many rural, farming families seeking medical care for their cleft-affected children must travel long distances over difficult terrain.  The nearest hospital may be located many hours or even a day’s journey from their homes in the countryside, and most families travel by long-distance bus or trains to get their child medical help. Not only is travel difficult, but they must also arrange for time away from their fields and farms, or herds, or ask for time away from their jobs.

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Medical care in China must typically be paid for up front, and it can be difficult for families to learn that they don’t have adequate funds for the surgery their child needs after they have made such a long journey. Read more.

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