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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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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most common and urgent special needs we are asked to help with is a condition called Anal Atresia (AA). Many years ago, we had a supporter complain that she shouldn’t have to read “that word” while drinking her morning coffee, so for quite some time we actually would say that a child had an emergency intestinal issue instead. With so many orphaned children having AA, however, we think it is important for people to understand just what this medical need entails. We care for many children with this condition at both our Heartbridge and True Children’s Healing Homes, and with proper medical care, the majority of them do extremely well.
One of our great volunteers has put together an information sheet about this medical need called, “Spotlight on Anal Atresia“. “Poop. Kids giggle at the mention of it…” is how this fantastic little piece begins! Read more
Love Without Boundaries has the good fortune of having volunteers with a wide range of talents. One of our most talented writers is undoubtedly Jan Champoux, Director of our Heartbridge Healing Home in Beijing. Each month, Jan’s reports make us feel as if we have just spent time playing with the beautiful children who call Heartbridge their home. She knows them so well and brings their personalities to life for the sponsors who receive these reports! We thought all of our readers might enjoy reading an excerpt from Jan’s lovely reports to get better acquainted with some of Heartbridge’s newer residents:
In December 2011 an orphanage in Guizhou Province received an infant boy born with anal atresia. He was nearly a week old, and, without the medical treatment he should have had at birth, this little fellow was in critical condition.
LWB’s China staff was called, and they managed to get “Brody” in for surgery the very next morning. Following surgery and recovery, Brody came to LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home to rest and prepare for his next important operation. Read more.