One-year-old Shayla is new to LWB’s Foster Care Program but is known to many as a previous resident of LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home. Shayla was born with cranial meningocele, and she spent time recovering from her surgery with the loving nannies at Heartbridge. Recently graduating, she is now in LWB’s Guiyang Foster Care Program… and we can’t wait to watch her grow and flourish! Read more.
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Every time I visit the Anhui Healing Home, I wish more than anything that I could just unpack my bags and work as a nanny there. This home has a very special feel because all of the caregivers are related or good friends. When you walk in the door, you hear music and laughing – and you know within minutes that all the babies are in very good hands, from their heads to their sweet little toes.
In December 2011 an orphanage in Guizhou Province received an infant boy born with anal atresia. He was nearly a week old, and, without the medical treatment he should have had at birth, this little fellow was in critical condition.
LWB’s China staff was called, and they managed to get “Brody” in for surgery the very next morning. Following surgery and recovery, Brody came to LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home to rest and prepare for his next important operation. Read more.
Baby Chandler is a new arrival at LWB’s Anhui Healing Home (AHH). Chandler has multiple heart conditions, which will require heart surgery when she is about six months old. Chandler will be at AHH to gain weight, grow stronger, and prepare for her surgery. Read more.
When I was a little girl, I remember seeing the passport of my friend’s father, and as I turned each page and saw the entry and exit stamps from different countries, I thought inside how wonderful it would be to someday have a little blue book of my own. I didn’t get that first passport until I was 35, when I adopted my first child from China, but I still remember the excitement I felt when the immigration officer firmly put his red stamp in it. I still feel that same excitement every time I land in China – and by the time you read this, I will probably be standing in the immigration line yet again.
Each time I make a trip to check on the children in our programs, I of course reflect back on previous journeys. I always have the same prayer leading up to departure: that any child who truly needs our help will somehow cross my path. Read more.
Babies with cleft lip often have a very difficult time in an orphanage setting since they often face special challenges in drinking from a bottle. Orphanages frequently contact us when they have a baby born with cleft who becomes failure to thrive. We have seen remarkable transformations occur in our homes, and so many lives have been saved. Read more.
LWB first met Emily a year ago, and who could forget her! This spunky little girl with a big personality was dealing with multiple special needs, including three missing limbs, cleft lip, and a heart defect. Emily had her cleft lip surgery during our 2012 Cleft Medical Exchange last April and then stayed at Heartbridge Healing Home before and after her heart surgery. In December Emily, now named Jennai, was adopted by her American family. Read more.
Frankie came to LWB’s True Children’s Healing Home in September, after a long journey from his home province of Shaanxi. At six months old he weighed less than ten pounds and was in need of a great deal of careful nurturing, but his sparkling eyes told us that we would soon be seeing a strong and active Frankie.
The TCHH caregivers immediately set about filling Frankie’s tummy with nutritious formula and filling his little soul with love and attention. Frankie began to thrive. Within a few weeks he had started crawling, and by November he was brave enough to approach the bigger babies and take their toys away!
Sweet baby Rhys is a new arrival at LWB’s True Children’s Healing Home. He was abandoned after life-saving surgery for an intestinal malformation, which unfortunately left him in need of more urgent medical care to fight off infection. Rhys will be with us as he recovers, gains weight, grows stronger, and prepares for his next surgery. Read more.