The beginning of Christi’s life is nearly unimaginable: She was born with a condition called gastroschisis, which means that there was a large hole in her abdominal wall, and several organs (including her liver and intestines) were exposed and on the outside of her body. LWB was contacted immediately upon Christi’s arrival at the orphanage, and she was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery (read more on our blog, “Emergency Medical Treatment for Baby Christi“). Read more.
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In June, Brent came into LWB’s care needing a colostomy because he was born with anal atresia.
Brent underwent a successful surgery, but while in the hospital doctors found he also has an atrial septic heart defect (ASD). He then developed an infection. After antibiotics and a couple weeks in an incubator, Brent was able to begin eating food. Read more.
Sometimes our “success stories” are quite dramatic, but this month we would like to share one of our smaller blessings. Meet Abigail.
Tiny Abigail was abandoned shortly after her birth, suffering from pneumonia and showing signs of a recent hospitalization. Our staff in China was able to move Abby to the hospital for a course of IV antibiotics, and she was then able to join us at LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home in early July. Read more.
In June LWB received a call about a baby girl who was just two weeks old, abandoned with a stubborn case of pneumonia and clear signs of a recent IV. We were able to move her to a hospital immediately, start up what we assume was a second course of antibiotics, and a few weeks later welcome her to LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home.
This sweet little peanut gained a pound and a half during her first month at Heartbridge, and she is obviously feeling much better. Read more.
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.