Tag Archives: healing home

Grumpy Benjamin: Turning that Frown Upside-Down!

This sweet baby boy came into orphanage care when he was just a few weeks old, with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. It would seem that feeding attempts by his birth family were not very successful, as he was malnourished and dehydrated upon arrival. That furrowed little brow said it all…life had not been very easy up to that point.

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After some initial lab work was done, Benjamin was moved to our Heartbridge Healing Home a couple of weeks later. Read more.

LWB and Sevenly: Carpe Diem for Medically Fragile Babies

Our social media pages and website are filled with photos of beautiful children who generally look happy and healthy. However, it’s sometimes easy to forget that most of these children came into LWB care because they were in medical crisis.

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Children like Christi and Little Joe, who were born with their organs on the outside of their bodies…who after months of hospital care are now thriving with the love and attention of our Healing Home nannies. Read more.

Cohen

Back in August, we were contacted by an orphanage in Anhui province who had taken a premature baby into their care. They told us the baby was very difficult to feed and listless, with a very low body temperature.

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We rushed little Cohen to the provincial children’s hospital for emergency care, where doctors stabilized his temperature in an incubator. Read more.

Snapshots of 2014

On this very last day of 2014, we give thanks for all the lives changed this year because of your support. This week we’ve been reflecting on just how much we have accomplished together and have chosen a few special moments to highlight. Join with us in remembering a very special year of hope and healing, and please know that none of it would have been possible without you.

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Top Ten Photos of 2014: Every Child Counts

As this year comes to a close, we bring you the photos that YOU and our other supporters chose as your two favorites of 2014!

FuyangboyDon’t Forget Me

When our foster care director visited an orphanage in Anhui Province this year, to see if there were more children who could join our program, this little boy grabbed onto her hand and wouldn’t let go. It was like he was saying, “Don’t forget me!” Read more.

Top Ten Photos of 2014: Donny and Leo

Donny was born with a condition known as ankyloglossia, where his tongue was tethered to the floor of his mouth. He had surgery earlier this year and then came to stay with us at our Heartbridge Healing Home.

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Upon arrival he was very weak, and he was unable to put any weight on his legs. The nannies worked hard at giving him lots of one-on-one care and attention, and soon Donny was zooming around the home in his walker. This photo was taken when he was grinning ear to ear over this wonderful accomplishment! Read more.

Top Ten Photos of 2014: Scenes from the Hospital

Many of the children in our care have medical needs and require surgery, and as a result we see quite a few photos of children in the hospital. Today’s Top Ten Photos could not be more different, however!

Triple_Trouble_-_Number_8Triple Trouble on the Cleft Trip

LWB held another successful medical exchange in April, with Chinese and American doctors coming together to heal children born with cleft lip and palate. This photo captured a great moment we called “Triple Trouble,” as these three little ones from Gansu Province awaited their surgeries. Read more.

Relive our Top Ten Photos of 2014

The end of every year is full of countdowns, and it’s no exception at Love Without Boundaries!  Every December we count down our supporters’ favorite photos from the past year — the ones YOU voted on.  We hope the beautiful faces of these children will remind you that because of your support throughout the year, we are able to make a difference in the lives of children and families in need.

Nancy 3.14Nancy in Foster Care

Nancy has been in our care for five years, since she still had her umbilical cord! Read more.

Love Starts With Us

Just as mine is, Kelly’s social media feed is filled with images of orphans waiting in China. Sometimes it’s overwhelming. Sometimes those little faces get lost. But in February of 2013, my friend didn’t scroll past LWB’s blog post, “Jenny, Jenny”. She read it and took a moment to share it, urging, “Jenny needs a family.”

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And our love story started there. With a keystroke, a friend introduced us to our daughter, and love came fiercely. Read more.

Gastroschisis

Those of you who follow us on social media know that this fall, we took in two babies, one right after the other, who were born with a rare birth defect called Gastroschisis.

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These babies were found with their intestines on the outside of their bodies, which happens when the muscles which make up a baby’s abdominal wall don’t form properly. Scientists believe this happens approximately during the fourth week of pregnancy, and while no one knows for sure the exact cause, a high percentage (at least in the U.S.) are born to teenage moms. I still remember the very first baby we took in with this condition, as I stared at my computer for quite a long while thinking, “That just isn’t possible.” Now of course I know that while rare (approximately 1 in every 5,000 births), babies with this condition can do very well with immediate treatment. Read more.

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