Laurie came to LWB’s attention when she was two months old because of a pretty serious heart defect. She was admitted to our Heartbridge Healing Home so she could be closely monitored while she gained weight to qualify for her heart surgery. Read more.
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Patrick is a little guy with great timing: He arrived at his orphanage just when several LWB volunteers were wrapping up a visit there. He was a newborn with the special need of anal atresia and needed immediate surgery. Patrick was just in time to hitch a ride with our volunteers to a prominent children’s hospital, where he had surgery that evening.
In early spring of 2013, we received a call from an orphanage in Jiangxi province. They had admitted a tiny baby girl with complex heart disease who was fighting for her life. We immediately made plans to move the baby (whom we named Heidi) to one of the top pediatric heart hospitals in China. Most of the babies we move out of province travel by train, but in this case Heidi was just too fragile. It was arranged for her to go by private car, with both an IV and oxygen bag, as her situation was truly critical.
In early November of 2012, we first saw a photo of a beautiful five-week-old baby boy. His orphanage let us know that this little fellow had a heart defect, and wondered if we would be able to help. A few phone calls and emails were exchanged, and two days later an echocardiogram was arranged at a prominent children’s hospital. Read more.
Adorable Tate (or “Tater-Tot” as we like to call him) joined us in late 2012, as a seven-month-old baby. Tate had been hospitalized initially for heart surgery, but an abnormal liver, enlarged spleen, lots of fluid in his abdomen, and a hernia needed to be addressed first.
Thirteen-month-old Celeste joined us at LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home in January, following surgery on her fragile heart.
While she was still recovering in the hospital, it was discovered that Celeste also suffers from a gastrointestinal defect called “megacolon.” Despite the best efforts of the medical staff at Heartbridge Healing Home, Celeste has been plagued by repeated infections and has been unable to gain weight. Read more.
Over the last eleven years, more and more orphanages have trusted us and depended on us to help their children born with medical needs. In these cases, we first gather all of the important information about the child, have our medical advisors review their chart, and then we present their case on our website and advocate for funding. Once a child’s surgery is funded, we immediately make arrangements for them to move to the appropriate hospital.
However, some babies arrive into this world with conditions that cannot wait to be funded. Children born with anal atresia, for example, often will pass away if they do not receive surgery within 48 hours of being found. Read more.
Jillian came to LWB’s attention late last summer. Her belly was alarmingly swollen, and she couldn’t absorb nutrition properly. LWB’s Medical Program arranged to have her rushed to the hospital for evaluation and treatment, where she was diagnosed with severe food allergies and a blood infection. The doctors prescribed IV antibiotics and a specialized formula called Neocate. Read more.
This week, three LWB team members from the U.S. are leaving for China to visit existing programs and to hopefully set up some new programs as well. They have a very busy itinerary which includes several different Chinese provinces. As you read about their trip, we thought it would be fun to challenge you with some trivia questions about these areas. Read more.
Without a doubt, February 14th has come to be synonymous with candy, love, and hearts. Whether you are anxiously awaiting this Friday or dreading everything about the day of love, we at LWB want to tell you about a very special little boy whose heart issues need all the love we can give.
Little Bran was found last April with a box of medicine beside him and a note that he had congenital heart disease. Read more.