What’s that? A family, for me?
That’s right, Phillip! We’ve heard that you have a family working to bring you home just as quickly as they can. Read more.
Most people who’ve heard the story of Love Without Boundaries know that it all began with one baby boy born with congenital heart disease and a group of parents who wanted to help him. Since 2003, we’ve provided life-changing operations to thousands of orphaned and impoverished children, with over 750 of those receiving heart surgery.
Thanks to the partnerships we’ve built with some of the top cardiac hospitals in China as well as the generosity of our incredible supporters, we’ve been able to repeatedly celebrate the remarkable health transformations that can come through open heart surgery. Read more.
We had another great day in Kaifeng with eight more children receiving surgery today. We’ll start by telling you about the children who are orphaned first, and then introduce you to some of the wonderful rural families we were honored to help with medical care.
As we mentioned yesterday, four of the little boys on today’s OR schedule were from the Kaifeng PT Center, which is a government-sponsored project run by one of the past directors of the Kaifeng orphanage. Read more.
It’s always a wonderful thing to be able to write, “Yet another great day.” We started our Tuesday with morning rounds to check on the children who had surgery the day before.
Baby Leo was a little quiet this morning and gave everyone a scare with some pretty raspy breathing after drinking some formula, but his oxygen levels were good and his lungs were clear. We think he just wanted to keep us on our toes! He has also given us our very first “before and after photo” of the trip. Read more.
It was a wonderful Monday in Kaifeng, our first OR day of the week. As our team arrived to the hospital this morning, they were greeted by the same sweet faces as the day before, but luckily with a little less panic and stranger danger than on Sunday.
The medical team gathered together for morning rounds, making sure that there were no developments overnight that would alter the surgery schedule. Thankfully, green lights were given by the physicians for all the kids. Read more.
We are happy to report that LWB’s entire medical team has made it safely to China and the excitement for our 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange has begun!
The group was up bright and early on Sunday morning, if not because of day-one jet lag, then in great anticipation of traveling to Henan province to begin meeting the children we will be helping this week. Read more.
Many of you have followed the story of Tim, a wonderful young man who grew up in the Kaifeng orphanage in Henan province. When LWB volunteers first met Tim back in 2006, he was just 14 years old. He became part of our education program, and we learned very quickly just what a wonderful student he was.
Tim in 2006
This month we have been introducing you to a few of the students in our Impoverished Student Support program who are in need of sponsors. It’s Charlotte’s turn to be featured, and we thought it help you get to know her by showing some scenes of her village and home.
Charlotte’s father passed away and her mother left the family and cannot be located, and so Charlotte lives with her grandparents and an uncle in rural Fujian province. Charlotte’s grandparents pick tea when they can to try to make ends meet. Read more.