In late fall 2012 we were asked by an orphanage in Jiangsu to please take a baby they felt was critically ill into our care. This little girl was born with an abdominal malformation, and she had recurrent fevers and infections that made the orphanage staff fear for her life.
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Not only did our three volunteers visit foster care programs in Henan and Anhui provinces, but they also were able to visit three LWB Healing Homes: Heartbridge, Starbridge, and the Anhui Healing Home (AHH). Here are some glimpses into their visits to Starbridge and AHH.
Going to snuggle babies is a tough job, but someone’s got to do it! After a long day of visiting foster families all over Kaifeng, we were excited to visit LWB’s Starbridge Healing Home. The nannies there are so loving and kind, and the babies are cared for in a cozy, warm environment. Read more.
One of the most common and urgent special needs we are asked to help with is a condition called Anal Atresia (AA). Many years ago, we had a supporter complain that she shouldn’t have to read “that word” while drinking her morning coffee, so for quite some time we actually would say that a child had an emergency intestinal issue instead. With so many orphaned children having AA, however, we think it is important for people to understand just what this medical need entails. We care for many children with this condition at both our Heartbridge and True Children’s Healing Homes, and with proper medical care, the majority of them do extremely well.
One of our great volunteers has put together an information sheet about this medical need called, “Spotlight on Anal Atresia“. “Poop. Kids giggle at the mention of it…” is how this fantastic little piece begins! Read more
Tiny Zachary came into the world in August 2011, needing immediate surgery for a serious intestinal defect. LWB’s staff in China was able to have Zach moved to Shanghai for this very important operation, plus a full month of hospital care afterwards. A slow-to-heal incision gave doctors time to do some additional testing on Zachary, and they found that he had a minor abnormality with his heart (a small ASD), in addition to missing bones in his right forearm and an extra toe on his right foot.
If asked to come up with a list of “medical essentials” at LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home, the items that come to mind might include nebulizers to help with breathing, or antibiotics to fight infection, or the wall full of cubbies that contain each child’s individual medications and instructions.
You may not think of a can of formula, but that truly is one of the most vital parts of the healing regimen for our most fragile residents. Read more.
Love Without Boundaries has the good fortune of having volunteers with a wide range of talents. One of our most talented writers is undoubtedly Jan Champoux, Director of our Heartbridge Healing Home in Beijing. Each month, Jan’s reports make us feel as if we have just spent time playing with the beautiful children who call Heartbridge their home. She knows them so well and brings their personalities to life for the sponsors who receive these reports! We thought all of our readers might enjoy reading an excerpt from Jan’s lovely reports to get better acquainted with some of Heartbridge’s newer residents:
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.
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.
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.