Tag Archives: anal atresia

Brent: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

In June, Brent came into LWB’s care needing a colostomy because he was born with anal atresia.

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Brent underwent a successful surgery, but while in the hospital doctors found he also has an atrial septic heart defect (ASD). He then developed an infection. After antibiotics and a couple weeks in an incubator, Brent was able to begin eating food. Read more.

Measuring Nutrition Success

Just how do we measure success for our Nutrition projects? Usually success can be measured by the number of pounds that a baby has packed on or by the strength she has gained. Good nutrition also translates into a baby who is healthy enough to undergo life-changing surgery.

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For Yi Xuan, all three of these measures have been met. Read more.

Every Child Counts

Eleven years ago, LWB was begun to help save the lives of four beautiful children with heart disease. Since that time, hundreds of children born with heart defects have found healing and then adoption, all thanks to your support.  With the rise of birth defects in China over the last decade, however, the children we are asked to help by orphanages have increasingly complex conditions. Thankfully, we have a partnership with one of the top pediatric cardiac hospitals in China, and so these precious babies have the best chance possible of being healed.

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This week we have three children at Children’s Hospital of FuDan University in Shanghai: Jane, Patrick, and Dominic. Read more.

Baby Brent

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Sweet baby Brent was born with an intestinal malformation called anal atresia and was rushed to the hospital for surgery this week to save his life. He is in ICU but is rallying and recovering, something for which we are very grateful.
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Words From a Thankful Mother

Zi Xuan and his twin brother were born prematurely on February 14.  Sadly, Zi Xuan’s twin passed away, and the surviving brother spent several weeks in an infant incubator in the hospital.  He was diagnosed with biliary atresia, which caused severe jaundice.

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Zi Xuan’s father is the only able-bodied worker in the family, and he had to remain in their hometown in Guangdong province to work while his wife and newborn son went to Shanghai in search of medical care. Read more.

Patrick: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Patrick is a little guy with great timing: He arrived at his orphanage just when several LWB volunteers were wrapping up a visit there. He was a newborn with the special need of anal atresia and needed immediate surgery. Patrick was just in time to hitch a ride with our volunteers to a prominent children’s hospital, where he had surgery that evening.

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Surgery was a success, and several weeks later tiny Patrick was discharged to LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home. Read more.

Filling Tummies for Children’s Day

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June 1st is known as International Children’s Day around the world. Children’s Day, or Liù Yi Guójì Értóng Jié, as it is known in China, is a day that honors the child. In China, children have the day off of school, and children’s admission to many fun and cultural activities is free on this day. It is a day filled with fun, a day that celebrates the joy that is being a child. Read more.

Specialized Formula: What a Difference It Can Make

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In early March, LWB’s Nutrition and Special Projects Program learned of a family struggling to care for their three-month old daughter who was born with anal atresia. Little Yi Xuan has had her first surgery, but she needs to gain weight and grow stronger in order to have a needed second surgery. This has been particularly difficult as Yi Xuan’s intestines are not absorbing the nutrients she needs. Read more.

Yi Xuan: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Yi Xuan is one of LWB’s first Unity Fund children with anal atresia, a condition that we are seeing more and more of in the children that we help.

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This little three-month-old has already had one surgery, resulting in a colostomy bag. Soon after surgery though, she developed an infection that was treated in Shanghai last week. Her poor family is from a very rural area in northwestern Gansu Province and has traveled far to find medical care for their daughter.
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A Village for Steven

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.

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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.

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