Tag Archives: Heartbridge

Celeste: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

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.

Emergency Medical Fund

1kgpreemieOver 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: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week


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.

Friday Fun: A Little Trip Trivia

MiaoVillagechildsmallGuizhou foster mom and child

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.

Bran’s Heart

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.

Baby Bran

Little Bran was found last April with a box of medicine beside him and a note that he had congenital heart disease. Read more.

Irresistible Elizabeth

In fall 2012 LWB was contacted about a toddler girl with a complex set of heart issues. Her orphanage had originally hoped that surgery could be delayed until after adoption, but low oxygen levels and repeated bouts of pneumonia let them know that she couldn’t wait any longer.


So early last year LWB arranged a “bidirectional Glenn” procedure for this little love whom we came to know as “Elizabeth.” Read more.

Meet Heidi


Last spring LWB was contacted by an orphanage in Jiangxi Province that had taken in a new baby with complex congenital heart disease. This little girl was born with Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA), which occurs when the two main arteries going out of the heart—the pulmonary artery and the aorta—are switched in position. The orphanage was very concerned about the health of this baby girl, but thanks to our wonderful supporters she was able to be moved almost immediately to Shanghai for open heart surgery. Read more.

McKade’s Greatest Wish

McKade w Joel

When we started our second adoption from China, our son McKade made it known that he was not staying home this time around. He wanted to go to China! Read more.

LWB’s Top Ten Photos of 2013: Elizabeth

Coming in at number eight is beautiful Elizabeth.

Elizabeth (2)

After undergoing heart surgery arranged by our medical program, Elizabeth was discharged to our Heartbridge Healing Home to continue her recovery. Read more.

Ian: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Gentle Ian was born in December 2012, suffering from a severe intestinal malformation. He has had three major surgeries to date, and unfortunately the last procedure in October did not go as planned. Ian developed a serious infection and his surgery will need to be attempted again in the spring.

Ian blog

In the meantime LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home’s nannies and nursing staff are working to put some more weight on Ian’s tiny frame, as well as a smile back on his face. Read more.