Last week, precious baby Pearl was found at just four days old with a hospital note explaining she had a meningocele, a large “spinal tumor” which is actually a protrusion of the membranes which cover the spine. Although we do not know for sure, there is a chance that Pearl’s birthparents were unable to afford the surgery and treatment that she would need. We made arrangements with her orphanage to move her immediately to a hospital in Shanghai. Read more.
I had the pleasure of meeting Aimee during the Cleft Exchange last April in Kaifeng. Aimee and another child from her orphanage in Guangdong Province, Harley, had such complex cleft lips that flying them to Kaifeng for surgery with our amazing doctors was the best thing for them. Aimee, at five years old, had waited a long time for their chance at surgery, and had seen her friends come back with repaired cleft lips, and then leave with adoptive families. Aimee is still waiting to be chosen for adoption, and we hope that this unforgettable girl will be able to know the love of a forever family one day soon. Read more.
Aaron turns four this month! He is one of the few children we know of who has been a part of each of LWB’s five program areas, and as a result we have quite a few photos and reports on this adorable boy. Since his adoption file is ready and with an agency, we thought it would be the perfect time to highlight Aaron through the years. Read more.
An orphanage recently contacted us who had taken in a baby with a very large tumor on his lower hip and back area. We made arrangements to move baby Hayes to Shanghai to be evaluated for possible surgery. Hayes was diagnosed with a teratoma, a solid tumor which is present at birth. Read more.
The opening of a new Believe In Me education program at the Qingyang orphanage in northern Gansu Province also led to us assisting with medical care for some of their children. This orphanage is home to many children with cleft lip and palate, and we had just recently connected with a physician in Xi’An who specializes in helping kids with this medical need.
Thanks to our supporters, we were able to send three children from Qingyang to the hospital in Xi’An in December for their repairs and will plan to send more there in the future. Read more.
Transitioning babies from formula to solid foods can be tricky! Unfamiliar tastes and textures can be challenging to a baby like Carlos.
To initiate the process, LWB provides fortified infant cereal. The cereal, made up in formula, provides a healthy introduction to solid foods. Once the child gets comfortable swallowing runny cereal, then the family can gradually introduce pureed vegetables and fruits. Read more.
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ~Chinese Proverb
In China, there are over 60 million children whose parents have left their rural villages to search for work in the cities. These “left behind” children stay with aging grandparents or with family friends, although it is estimated that 2 million of them are left completely on their own to fend for themselves. Many of these children haven’t seen their parents in years. Read more.
Sweet, quiet, and lovely. These words are often used to describe five-year-old Robin from our foster care program in Guizhou. Each month, we enjoy seeing the happiness that exudes from her face in photos!
Robin spends much of her time with her two-year-old foster brother, Clyde. Though Robin and Clyde are not biologically related, they both have been diagnosed with Apert Syndrome, a genetic disorder which causes premature fusing of the skull bones and fusing of the fingers and toes. Read more.