Tag Archives: Down Syndrome

Erin: Preparing for Heart Surgery

Little Erin is a beautiful ten-month-old girl with Down Syndrome who has been living at our Heartbridge Healing Home. In addition to being diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Erin also has a heart defect called ventricular septal defect, or VSD.  Heart defects are actually a very common health issue for children born with Down Syndrome.

2016-06-14 Erin

Recently, our nannies noticed that Erin’s lips and fingers were turning blue when she exerted herself and that she needed a break during feedings. Read more.

An Adoption Assistance Grant for Mateo

Mateo is helping us to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month. In honor of this special time to honor and recognize those with Down Syndrome, we are pleased to announce that we are offering an Adoption Assistance Grant of $2,500 for any family working to bring Mateo home as their son! Read more.

Baby Cuddling at Heartbridge

LWB’s Chief Administrative Executive Kelly Wolfe recently got to do something that many of us dream about:  she visited Heartbridge Healing Home in person for a session of baby-cuddling!

Since most of us won’t get the opportunity to do the same, we thought we’d take all of you on a little tour of Heartbridge and catch up with some of the darling children there. Read more.

Smiles…Thanks to Special Formula!

Twins Reagan and Sydney are smiling thanks in part to their Prenan formula. These adorable sisters were born prematurely in February, and Prenan is especially formulated for premature infants like them. It helps to increase weight and rapid growth in infants with low birth weight. Don’t these sisters look wonderful?

Sometimes the standard, off-the-grocery shelf formula isn’t able to meet the nutritional needs of a medically fragile child, and a specialized formula is the key to helping them heal. Read more.

Heartbridge Hellos and Goodbyes

Whenever a child is well enough to leave our healing homes, we are sad to say goodbye but celebrate their “graduation.” Today we are happy to announce two graduations from our Heartbridge Healing Home and also introduce three new babies who arrived this summer!

First to graduate was little Violet. Read more.

Kayla: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

This summer, we welcomed darling Kayla to our foster care program in Loudi.  Kayla is 19 months old and has Down Syndrome. Since joining her foster family in June, Kayla has made incredible progress! Read more.

James: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Meet James, whose smile shines bright like a star! This happy six-year-old has Down Syndrome, and we are thrilled to have him as a student in our Believe in Me orphanage school in Shaoguan where he is learning and making friends.

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Val: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

On January 4, little Val came to stay with us at our Heartbridge Healing Home. She had just finished a round of IV pneumonia medication and needed some tender loving arms wrapped around her to talk sweetly and hold her close while rocking her to sleep.

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Life was tough for this little one, then ten months old. Born with a heart condition and Down Syndrome, Val struggled to pack on the pounds. She needed some extra weight on her tired little body in order to be able to fight her way through her much-needed heart surgery. Read more.

Roberta, Young Trailblazer

For most of her four years of life, Roberta has been living in the orphanage in Xiaoxian.  Just a few months ago, her orphanage felt that she was ready to experience life in a family, and we were so pleased to be able to offer her that opportunity. Roberta is the very first child with Down Syndrome to be placed with a foster family in her village!

Xiaoxian Roberta

This young trailblazer is a beautiful and active four-year-old who knows her own mind. Her foster mom says that she never has to wonder what Roberta wants! Read more.

Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day With Us!

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Like Gerri, we are excited to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day today!  March 21, or 3-21, has been designated as a day to bring awareness to the wonderful children around the world who live each day with a third copy of chromosome 21 in Trisomy-21, the most common form of Down Syndrome. Read more.