Tag Archives: Heartbridge

Shayla: A Ray of Sunshine!

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Sweet Shayla is described as adorable, happy, lovely and loving in reports stretching back to 2012. That was when she first came into LWB care diagnosed with a cranial meningocele. Read more.

Grumpy Benjamin: Turning that Frown Upside-Down!

This sweet baby boy came into orphanage care when he was just a few weeks old, with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. It would seem that feeding attempts by his birth family were not very successful, as he was malnourished and dehydrated upon arrival. That furrowed little brow said it all…life had not been very easy up to that point.

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After some initial lab work was done, Benjamin was moved to our Heartbridge Healing Home a couple of weeks later. Read more.

Top Ten Photos of 2014: Donny and Leo

Donny was born with a condition known as ankyloglossia, where his tongue was tethered to the floor of his mouth. He had surgery earlier this year and then came to stay with us at our Heartbridge Healing Home.

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Upon arrival he was very weak, and he was unable to put any weight on his legs. The nannies worked hard at giving him lots of one-on-one care and attention, and soon Donny was zooming around the home in his walker. This photo was taken when he was grinning ear to ear over this wonderful accomplishment! Read more.

Top Ten Photos of 2014: Scenes from the Hospital

Many of the children in our care have medical needs and require surgery, and as a result we see quite a few photos of children in the hospital. Today’s Top Ten Photos could not be more different, however!

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LWB held another successful medical exchange in April, with Chinese and American doctors coming together to heal children born with cleft lip and palate. This photo captured a great moment we called “Triple Trouble,” as these three little ones from Gansu Province awaited their surgeries. Read more.

Love Starts With Us

Just as mine is, Kelly’s social media feed is filled with images of orphans waiting in China. Sometimes it’s overwhelming. Sometimes those little faces get lost. But in February of 2013, my friend didn’t scroll past LWB’s blog post, “Jenny, Jenny”. She read it and took a moment to share it, urging, “Jenny needs a family.”

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And our love story started there. With a keystroke, a friend introduced us to our daughter, and love came fiercely. Read more.

Gastroschisis

Those of you who follow us on social media know that this fall, we took in two babies, one right after the other, who were born with a rare birth defect called Gastroschisis.

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These babies were found with their intestines on the outside of their bodies, which happens when the muscles which make up a baby’s abdominal wall don’t form properly. Scientists believe this happens approximately during the fourth week of pregnancy, and while no one knows for sure the exact cause, a high percentage (at least in the U.S.) are born to teenage moms. I still remember the very first baby we took in with this condition, as I stared at my computer for quite a long while thinking, “That just isn’t possible.” Now of course I know that while rare (approximately 1 in every 5,000 births), babies with this condition can do very well with immediate treatment. Read more.

Joel and Tate: I’ll Be Home for Christmas

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Two Decembers ago, a couple of very special boys entered my life in a rather unusual way. They arrived in my email. Read more.

Turkey Time

Last month we had several visitors to our Heartbridge Healing Home from the U.S., and one of the women brought an adorable turkey costume for the kids to wear in honor of Thanksgiving. The nannies had so much fun dressing up all the boys in the home as “little turkeys.” We wanted to share some of their photos today while counting our blessings, because they sure made us smile!

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Alone

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Since I returned from my recent trip to China at the end of October, my thoughts have been with the newly abandoned babies in the hospitals. As I walked through the huge wards of critically ill children, rooms overflowing with dozens of children in every possible space, I realized just how strong orphaned babies with medical needs must be. Read more.

October Visit to The Healing Homes and Foster Care

October was a very special time for our Healing program, as a group of LWB volunteers made its way to China. We all agree that it was a wonderful and extremely productive trip, and we hope you will enjoy reading all about it.

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First things first:  nothing was going to happen until we snuggled some babies, so we headed to Heartbridge on the morning of October 25th. Read more.

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