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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.

Loveable Luce

This little guy with the great hair is Luce.

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Luce was admitted to LWB’s Anhui Healing Home this spring as a one-month-old baby with a unilateral cleft lip and palate. From the very start Luce thrived on the care of his nannies, and it wasn’t long before he was smiling and trying to communicate his satisfaction. Read more.

I Love You All The Way to China and Back

It’s September 2003. A young couple living in rural China gives birth to sham bowtie – twins. But their hopes are dashed when they discovered their babies have cleft lips and palates that not only disfigured their tiny faces but left them unable to nurse. Without either the means or the knowledge, and certainly not the insurance, to care for one child with cleft, let alone two, their quandary was immense.

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After three difficult days, they decided the twins’ best hope was the local orphanage. So poor they did not even have paper to write a note, the parents tore off a piece of a brown paper bag and wrote these heartfelt words: “Dear caring people, we are poor and unable to provide for our twins. Please keep them. They were born the 12th of September, 2003.” Read more.

Xinzhou Baby Boom

It’s a baby boom in Xinzhou!

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Our Xinzhou foster care program in Jiangxi province has just received four new baby girls! How exciting to see this program growing and taking more little ones into foster care.  These baby girls are so new that we only have one photo of each of them, and they haven’t yet learned to smile for the camera.  But don’t worry — we’re sure that we’ll be seeing smiles and open eyes from them soon enough. Read more.

Tony: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Tony is a four-year-old boy in LWB’s Believe in Me school in Shaoguan, Guangdong Province. He had his cleft lip repaired this school year, an arrangement that we were able to make with a highly regarded hospital in a different province. They did a remarkable job, and he looks to have healed extremely well. He and the other children receiving surgery enjoyed special gifts and attention at the hospital.

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