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Little Heart Needing BIG Love: Baby Nina

We first learned of baby Nina when her orphanage contacted us asking for emergency help. This tiny newborn had come into the world with multiple medical issues and needed to get to a hospital as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, a major snowstorm in her province closed all the roads and airports, making her transport impossible. By the time she was finally able to be moved, she was in critical condition. Dehydrated, malnourished, and in severe breathing distress, her prognosis seemed grim.

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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 Xinzhou Foster Care

As my flight from Australia descended into Beijing, I looked through my notes that I had written about the more than 50 children I was intending to visit over the next eight days. I wondered if I was being a little overly ambitious: five cities in four provinces. The schedule that Cindy, our foster care director, had put together was a tight one, and I hoped for good weather. Much of the time would be spent traveling from one city to another, but once there, nearly all our time would be spent visiting the foster families and children in our programs: Xinzhou, Loudi, Tongren, Qiandongnan, and Lanzhou. It was with excitement and optimism that I stepped off my flight, negotiated Beijing International airport and eventually laid my head on a pillow

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Transposition of the Great Arteries: Baby Nina

Abandoned within the first two weeks of her life, Nina is a newborn with a very complex set of issues in her heart. Her orphanage noticed that she was suffering from breathing distress as well as malnutrition and dehydration, and they called to ask for our help. Once we move Nina to a nearby hospital for an evaluation, doctors discovered that she was born with a severe TGA heart defect. TGA stands for “Transposition of the Great Arteries” and is a rare and extremely serious condition in which the two arteries that leave the heart are reversed, or transposed. This condition can lead to low oxygen levels which in Nina’s case resulted in breathing distress.

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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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Celebrating 15 Years of Love: An Update From Phillip

2018 is a very special year to all of us at Love Without Boundaries, as we celebrate 15 years of helping orphaned and vulnerable children find the hope and healing they deserve. All through this wonderful anniversary year, we’ll be bringing you updates on some of the children whose lives were changed since our work began in 2003.  We hope as you read their stories over the coming months that you will know just what a difference our incredible LWB supporters have made in the world.  Join with us as we celebrate 15 years of love. Our first update is about a little boy who was helped by LWB in 2016. People all over the world fell in love with precious Phillip, a baby from an orphanage in southern China who was born with a complex heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, or ToF.

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Healing Home Hero of the Week: Laughing Laurie

Last summer, a tiny little sprite named Laurie came to stay at our Anhui Healing Home. Laurie was born with microtia, a congenital ear deformity. When she was two months old, her orphanage called us because she developed pneumonia and needed to be hospitalized. Fortunately, Laurie recovered fairly quickly and was moved to our healing home. Some babies are serious at first and take some time to warm up to their new environment and caretakers. Not little Laurie!

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Healing Homes Hero of the Week: Jimmy the Hugger

In April of last year, our Heartbridge Healing Home welcomed a new baby named Jimmy.  Jimmy’s orphanage was concerned because he was having trouble feeding after it was discovered that he was born with a heart defect.  The Heartbridge nannies got to work feeding him nutritious formula and giving him specialized care. In August, Jimmy […]

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Our Newest Foster Care Program: Datong, China

It is with great excitement that we announce the opening of our newest foster care program in Datong, China. Located in northern Shanxi province, Datong borders Inner Mongolia and is very cold in these winter months. The Datong orphanage has one of the oldest foster care programs in China. So why is LWB now getting involved?  Under their current model, children are often moved multiple times as babies, frequently returning to orphanage care around age 2.  Under the agreement that we have signed, the babies placed in LWB foster care will remain with their foster families until adoption. The importance of infant bonding with a primary caregiver cannot be overstated, and we are excited to work with the Datong orphanage on a program to encourage uninterrupted family care.

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Domestic Adoptions in 2017

At LWB, it’s a real celebration each time we hear that one of the orphaned children in our China programs has found a  forever home. Ten years ago, almost every child in LWB care would have had their files prepared for international adoption. Today, when we learn a child has been chosen, our first question now is “Domestic or International?” 

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