Last fall, we were contacted by an orphanage who had just received a baby boy born with the medical need of anal atresia, a congenital birth defect that affects about 1 in every 5,000 births. For many children born with this condition, surgery is needed almost immediately to survive, and it was particularly sad for us to learn that someone in Jordy’s life, perhaps his birthparents, had arranged for him to get the emergency surgery he needed.
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In September, this tiny little boy was found completely on his own and taken to a nearby orphanage.
The orphanage staff was very concerned, as he was severely dehydrated and had a distended belly. As soon as they called us for help, we agreed to take him to the hospital for emergency care. Read more.
Over the last 13 years, orphanages in China have learned that they can trust LWB’s Medical program when they have an emergency with a child in their care. Typically these emergencies involve babies who were recently abandoned, possibly due to medical needs that were too overwhelming or expensive for their birth families to handle and require urgent medical attention.
Jordy is one such baby. His orphanage called us in September to ask for help with a baby who was dehydrated and had a very distended stomach. In the case of dehydration in a newborn like Jordy, every minute medical care is delayed can make the difference between life and death. Read more.
When little Peter was ten months old, he moved into our foster care program in Changzhi. This week, he is celebrating a birthday and turns four years old. What a perfect time to celebrate his accomplishments!
As you can see, Peter has big bright eyes and a smile that lights up the room. Read more.
Meet tiny Flora, born earlier this month in Jiangxi province.
Flora’s orphanage called us when they realized she had been born prematurely with an anorectal malformation called anal atresia (AA). When she came to the hospital, this little one weighed just 1.6 kgs. Our hospital manager told us she was so tiny that her head was no larger than his fist. Read more.
In April of 2014, I was meeting with officials at an orphanage in Anhui province when a staff member ran into our room. She explained that a newborn baby had just been found by the police and that the little boy was in need of emergency medical care.
We were about two hours from Anhui Children’s Hospital and the skilled surgeons there, and so we immediately offered to drive the baby to Hefei so he could get the operation he needed to survive. Read more.
We would like to introduce you to a sweet little guy named John. John is one of the first residents of our brand new healing home, Loving ARMs (LAHH), which officially opened on September 18th.
This new home will focus on caring for babies born with anorectal malformations (ARMs), providing them with the specialized care and treatments they need.
Imagine you are almost four years old, living in an orphanage in far western China.
When you were a baby, you had surgery for anal atresia. Since then, you haven’t felt great and have needed repeated medical care. One day you find yourself on a train, headed to a faraway city, and your nanny tells you that you are going to meet people who can hopefully make you feel better. After spending some time in the hospital, you move to a warm, colorful, peaceful place with nannies to care for you and help you get better. You are among the first residents of our brand new Loving ARMs Healing Home! Read more.
At one point in my life, I had four little boys aged 1-7, and so I am sure you can understand when I say that I lived with a lot of potty jokes every day. My librarian brother fueled the fire by sending them a copy of the Japanese children’s book called “Everyone Poops,” which soon became their “go to” book whenever they got to pick the story of the night. If you haven’t seen this book, it is definitely a no nonsense way of covering one of the most basic body functions, with the final summary that “All living things eat, so everybody poops.”
I think it is safe to say that anything concerning our bowels causes a wide range of reactions from people. Read more.