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Foster Care in Sanmenxia, Henan

LWB recently signed a new foster care agreement with the Sanmenxia orphanage in Henan province to provide quality foster care to orphaned children. We believe fully that every child deserves to grow up in family care, and we’d like to meet some of the wonderful children from this program.

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Four Children Waiting For Cleft Surgery in China

LWB has been asked to help with four beautiful children in China who were born with cleft needs.  We are hoping to have their operations done before Chinese New Year in February, as travel becomes incredibly difficult the closer it gets. The three youngest children come from the Kaifeng Physical Therapy Center in Henan. The head nanny from our Henan Healing Home is now the head nanny at the Kaifeng PT Center, and we have done a number of projects with the center. The children here receive excellent care, and we have been pleased to help provide them with orthotics and braces which are very expensive in China.

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Bilateral Cleft Lip Transformations

Taryn and Chase are from orphanages in central China, and both were born with bilateral cleft lip. This type of “double” cleft is seen in about 15% of children born with this special need. A bilateral cleft often divides the lip into three segments:  two side sections and a middle segment without muscles. In most cases, there is also involvement with the child’s nose, and the cleft can impact eating, speaking, and even breathing. Having surgery with a well-trained doctor is very important with bilateral cleft.

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Sweet Sue Waits for a Family

Sweet Sue entered our foster care program in January 2016 at age two. What a little peanut she was! The first month she was in foster care, Sue and her foster sister received new tricycles and scooters from their sponsors. Sue was so small her feet barely touched the ground. A year later, Sue was working on walking on her own and had gained strength and weight, thanks to her dedicated foster parents and her older foster sister, Piper.

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Connie: 5 Pounds and Counting

Earlier this month, we introduced you to another preemie who had been found in January and taken to an orphanage in central China.  The staff of the orphanage called us right away, and baby Connie was immediately moved to the NICU of the provincial children’s hospital.  This photo shows how tiny she was compared to the diapers on the bed with her!


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A Look Back: 2016 Medical Program Highlights

The start of a new year is always a great time for reflection, and here at LWB we love the month of January as a time to remember all of the beautiful children who came into our hands the year before. Over the next three days, we want to share some of the highlights from our Medical program, as supporters like you helped so many incredible kids receive life-changing medical care. Let’s go month by month to remember some of the very special children you impacted.

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An Adoption Grant for Daniel

Daniel has been a part of our foster care program in Sanmenxia for the past three years. We have blogged on Daniel many times, yet sadly he still waits. We are pleased to announce that LWB is now offering a $2,500 Adoption Assistance Grant for the family who ends up adopting Daniel!

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Auction to Benefit Children at the Kaifeng PT Center

Over 100 orphaned children with cerebral palsy live at the Physical Therapy (PT) Center in Kaifeng, Henan. The center serves the entire province, and orphanages from throughout Henan send their children to the center for healing care.

Kaifeng PT Center Children Wheelchairs

In addition, a number of children in the local community are served daily by the PT Center even though they do not live there as residents. Read more.

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The 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange: A Few Farewells and the Final Day of Surgery

Friday in Kaifeng was bittersweet, knowing that it was the final day of surgeries and that the trip was soon coming to a close. We began the day with lots of discharges, and while we were sad to see our little patients go, we are sure the children were ready to leave the hospital! To each of them, we send our warmest thoughts and wishes for a beautiful future.

Mary Beth, Leo, and Violet discharge to our healing homes

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The 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange: Day Two

It was a wonderful Monday in Kaifeng, our first OR day of the week. As our team arrived to the hospital this morning, they were greeted by the same sweet faces as the day before, but luckily with a little less panic and stranger danger than on Sunday.

The medical team gathered together for morning rounds, making sure that there were no developments overnight that would alter the surgery schedule. Thankfully, green lights were given by the physicians for all the kids. Read more.

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