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How Far Would You Go?

I am often asked why so many children with medical needs are now orphaned in China. I frequently have people tell me that they think it is terrible that anyone would abandon a child who was sick, and I see similar comments on social media with regular frequency. I remember having a discussion with another parent at an adoption conference, and she told me quite frankly that she would never honor her daughter’s birthparents because they had “thrown her away” when she was born needing surgery.

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Over the last decade of working in China, I have learned that this is a complex subject that can’t be summed up in simple black or white statements. For many rural families, the cost of providing their child with medical care is completely beyond their reach. How far would you go to possibly save the life of your child?  Read more.

Great Beginnings: The Cleft Bottle Project

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Our Cleft Bottle Project is underway and off to a great start. Soft bottles designed for feeding children with cleft lip or palate are not available for purchase in China. In 2012 we worked with the Mead Johnson Company to have the bottles produced in China. We delivered those bottles to orphanages and healing homes and wherever we heard of a need. Read more.

An Update on Aimee and Harley

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Earlier this year, two precious children who had waited a long time finally got their chance at a new smile during LWB’s 2014 Cleft Exchange in Kaifeng, China: Aimee and Harley.  Aimee and Harley both had severe cleft lips, and we knew that our talented surgeons Dr. Ness and Dr. Tolan (seen above) would be their best chance at quality repairs. Read more.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

It’s that time of year again in China when the temperatures are beginning to drop and children need a thick, cozy coat to keep them warm.

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Many orphanages, homes, and schools in China do not have central heating, which means that people often wear their winter coats throughout the day, all through the winter months.  It is so important for every child to have a good quality winter coat that will keep them protected until spring comes again — and even more essential for children in our programs who have medical special needs and are more prone to pneumonia. Read more.

Catey: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Catey was in dire need of medical care when her orphanage contacted Love Without Boundaries for help. She was found with a significant hernia needing immediate surgery and was also born with a cleft lip and palate. After a successful surgical hernia repair, she was released from the hospital into the arms of loving nannies at LWB’s Anhui Healing Home (AHH).

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At two weeks old and weighing just over six pounds, Catey did not know how to cry in order to make her needs known. Read more.

Jose, Lover of Life

Several years ago, we received a call about a newly-found little boy who was born with cleft lip. I remember seeing his first photo thinking he had some pretty wonderful hair, and I was so thankful when he was able to be moved to our Anhui Healing Home right away for nurturing care.

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Baby Jose, as he was quickly named, settled right in with his nannies and soon became the ultimate charmer. Read more.

Say Yes to No-Nos!

After surgery for cleft lip or palate, it is all too easy for children to hurt the incision by putting hands or toys in their mouths. For this reason, after surgery children wear arm restraints, commonly called “no-nos”.

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No-nos need to be worn for several weeks while the surgical site heals. These soft, Velcro-wrap arm restraints are surprisingly expensive and difficult to find in China. Luckily, however, no-nos can be reused over and over. Do you or someone you know have a used pair? Read more.

Face to Face with Love

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My husband and I adopted our daughter from Anhui Province last month.  This was our second adoption trip to China, and an important part for me was meeting the babies that I know so well through my role as Anhui Healing Home (AHH) Coordinator. Read more.

A New Cleft Initiative

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Over the last decade, LWB has helped thousands of orphaned children find the hope and healing they deserve.  We continually ask ourselves, however, what more we can be doing to help prevent abandonment and keep families together. Read more.

Transformations From the 2014 Cleft Exchange

LWB’s 2014 Cleft Exchange, held in April 2014, was a huge success. Thirty children received cleft lip or palate surgery performed by our very talented surgeons from the United States. The Exchange was a combined effort put forth by our American doctors, nurses, and volunteers, alongside the doctors and nurses from Kaifeng Children’s Hospital. Here are a few of the wonderful transformations we witnessed.

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Winston is six months old and has recovered beautifully from his cleft lip surgery one month ago. Read more.

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