Some of the most vulnerable children we help are babies who are born prematurely, many weighing just 1 kg. The standard of care for these tiny newborns usually includes being kept under a warmer or in an incubator, with constant monitoring of their breathing, temperature, and heart function. Many babies require oxygen supplementation and sometimes even the use of a ventilator. That is why it is so remarkable to us when orphanages call us to help preemies who were found abandoned outside and who often were not found for hours after delivery. They are the tiniest warriors, and their strength continually humbles us. Read more.
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It always warms our hearts when organizations in China pull together to help kids in need.
Over the past year, three children with vision issues who were previously in LWB programs have moved to the care of Bethel China. Bethel provides highly specialized care for children with vision issues of all severities in a loving, home-like environment. We shared the stories of these three kids shortly after they moved to Bethel. We recently received an update, so we thought you might like to see how well these kids are doing. Read more.
When our team arrived to the hospital on Wednesday morning, it was time to say goodbye to several of our young patients.
Ted, Robert Owen, and Paul were the first to be discharged. Our team is going to miss them so much! Their repairs look beautiful, and Dr. Ness’s mom had made little hats which we put on them before they left for the train station. Our warmest thoughts go with them as they travel back. Read more.
While on my recent trip to China, I was able to visit several of the foster care programs we run there. Currently LWB has foster care in 18 Chinese cities, and we are always looking to expand to new locations because we believe so strongly that children do best being raised in quality family care.
At every location, I would visit both the local orphanage and then children in home care. Again and again, I was struck by the developmental differences between the two groups of children. Babies need families – pure and simple. And now, with the vastly changing population of orphaned children who almost all have special needs, I believe it is more important than ever to get orphaned children out into the local communities so that everyone can come to understand how amazing these kids are. Read more.
Rob is a new arrival to LWB’s Anhui Healing Home (AHH), but he is not new to LWB. Rob just arrived from LWB’s Starbridge Healing Home, where he put on his first five pounds in just a couple of short months. Sometimes our healing home bed planning involves moving babies to the home that is nearest to the best medical care for their needs. Rob swapped with another baby for exactly that reason, and we are all delighted to welcome him at AHH. Read more.
Last week, a tiny baby boy came into the world weighing just 1 kg. When he was found outside, he was taken to the local orphanage. Staff there called LWB immediately to see if we could help him, as his body was extremely cold and he was spitting up green fluid.
We moved this fragile preemie to the biggest children’s hospital in his province, where he remains today fighting for his life. Read more.
In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, LWB is posting a series of blogs about adopting a child with this special need.
“Aren’t you terrified your child will have Down syndrome?” Those were the first words my friend asked me when I told her my husband and I were expecting our first child. I was slightly taken aback; the possibility hadn’t really struck me – and if it had, well, Down syndrome seemed like such an easy disability to face.
In mid August, a tiny baby girl was found abandoned with an extremely bloated stomach. She was taken to an orphanage in rural Anhui, and the staff there called LWB immediately. We moved her urgently to Anhui Children’s Hospital for testing, and doctors diagnosed her with severe malnutrition and blood poisoning. They estimated her to be approximately 5 months old even though she weighed just 2 kg. Little Jillian, as she was named by our volunteers, had a long road ahead of her to survive. She was immediately given blood transfusions because of her extreme anemia. Read more.
Yesterday we told you about two babies from our healing homes who were having surgery on the same day for complex heart defects. We are so happy to report that both Chandler and Dominic came through their operations beautifully. Both children received BT shunt surgery, which is used to increase pulmonary blood flow. This is often called the “first stage” surgery, and so both children will need an additional operation in the future.