Tag Archives: Heartbridge

Ten Years of Heartbridge

A few years after Love Without Boundaries was founded, it became clear that we needed to answer a very important question: What can we do to help children who are ready for discharge from the hospital after surgery, but who aren’t ready to return to an orphanage?

It was vital that we figure out how to bridge that gap for the most fragile children in our medical program. The answer came in the form of Heartbridge Healing Home which opened its doors in 2006. Read more.

The 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange: It Begins!

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!

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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.

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.

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.

Joel: When Something Is Just Right

Several years ago, I had learned about a darling little boy who had been born with an extremely complex heart defect.  He was living at LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home, and on a visit to China I actually got to hold him in my arms. I never could have imagined then that one day I would be his forever mama.

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But my ten-year-old son knew, and he just had to make my heart know as well. And when my heart realized Joel was my son, there was no stopping me. No news on his health challenges could deter me from bringing my son home.
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Bekah’s Watermelon Run: Love In Action

This September, the “L” family of Colorado honored the memory of their daughter Bekah by holding a birthday party in the form of a fundraising run to celebrate her life.

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First, we want to tell you a bit about Bekah. Before becoming part of her forever family, Bekah was a part of the LWB family when she lived at our Heartbridge Healing Home.  Several months after her adoption, Bekah tragically passed away following surgery (read more from Bekah’s family in the blog, “Bekah:  Our Girl, Forever and Ever“). Read more.

Blake: An Adoption Story

Blake’s story is a wonderful example of the precious work that LWB does and how much kids can overcome when loved and nurtured! If we had met Blake when he first came to Heartbridge (and was known as “Henry”) in Spring 2010, we probably would not have adopted him due to his severe delays and scary diagnoses.

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At 21 months old, “Henry” could not sit unsupported and weighed only 16 pounds. In addition to his heart defect, an MRI had shown “mental retardation” and hydrocephalus, and caregivers questioned if he would “ever be able to live independently”. Read more.

Two Happily Ever Afters

Once upon a time, we dreamed of growing our family through adoption.

Amanda

We fell in love at first sight with a little girl LWB supporters may know as “Amanda”. Upon seeing this photo and a video of her, we immediately asked to lock her file. We didn’t even bother to have her medicals reviewed. She was our daughter, and we knew it the second that we saw her. Read more.

Turkey Time in our Healing Homes

It’s that wonderful time of the year when we have a little fun while giving thanks for all you do! This year we have lots of little turkeys whose lives have been changed thanks to your support, and our entire team is saying “gobble gobble” with true gratitude!

Jeffrey_IMG_9845Jeffrey at the Loving ARMs Healing Home
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Kenley: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Kenley was born prematurely, and weighed only 1 kg, or 2.2 pounds, at the time of her birth. We can only guess that her birth family could not afford the medical care that Kenley needed, and she was abandoned at a local hospital.

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