Two-year-old LuLu is the newest student in our small but wonderful Believe in Me school in Liupanshui. On her first day, just a few weeks ago, we heard that she is a very timid child, who was nervous being in the classroom and would not speak much.
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Every child deserves to know the joy of learning. For many children born with special needs in China, this opportunity is not available to them. For many reasons, these children are often unable to attend public school and for them education is only a dream.
For 34 very special children, that dream is about to become a reality. Thanks to the incredible generosity of some very special LWB supporters, their education is about to begin. Read more.
One of my wise friends posted the following on her Facebook page last week: “Some days it seems like bad news yells and good news only whispers.” Isn’t that the truth? Our society LOVES a good scandal, and bad news is the stuff of major headlines. For a topic like international adoption – trafficking, rehoming, and corruption will always make the New York Times. Parents trying their best, kids just being kids, and the thousands of successful families formed through adoption rarely get a mention.
Under my friend’s post, someone had left a wonderful comment. It said, “Remember to listen to the whispers.” I think we forget at times to stop and do just that. There are such terribly sad stories each day in the news, both in our backyard and overseas, and so it’s easy to think that everything about our world is going to heck in a hand basket. I’m grateful that I’m in a position with my work to see that there are countless small miracles and loving people out there that unfortunately the world just doesn’t ever hear about. Parents and children and volunteers and donors – going about their days as quiet heroes, trying to do the very best they can to lift each other up.
Many of you might remember when we posted about a wonderful boy named Ben who needed an adoptive home. He had been born with cerebral palsy, and he had watched almost all of his friends get chosen by families. He had reached the age of 13, just one year short of aging out of the adoption system forever, when a family in the US knew he was supposed to be their son. Ben was adopted just days before his 14th birthday. I recently got this photo from his mom now that he has been home for six months – and oh yes, I immediately burst into happy tears. Read more.
In mid August, a tiny baby girl was found abandoned with an extremely bloated stomach. She was taken to an orphanage in rural Anhui, and the staff there called LWB immediately. We moved her urgently to Anhui Children’s Hospital for testing, and doctors diagnosed her with severe malnutrition and blood poisoning. They estimated her to be approximately 5 months old even though she weighed just 2 kg. Little Jillian, as she was named by our volunteers, had a long road ahead of her to survive. She was immediately given blood transfusions because of her extreme anemia. Read more.
Yesterday we told you about two babies from our healing homes who were having surgery on the same day for complex heart defects. We are so happy to report that both Chandler and Dominic came through their operations beautifully. Both children received BT shunt surgery, which is used to increase pulmonary blood flow. This is often called the “first stage” surgery, and so both children will need an additional operation in the future.
Love Without Boundaries of course began after we met one tiny baby in China who needed heart surgery, and for the last ten years we have continued helping children born with congenital heart disease. We wanted to let you know that two of the babies from our Healing Homes program are having surgery on Wednesday in China. We sure would appreciate every good thought for these two beautiful children.
Chandler came into our hands as a tiny infant, with a diagnosis of pulmonary atresia, ventricular septal defect, and patent ductus arteriosus. That is a mouthful for one little baby girl, isn’t it? She got stronger and stronger at the Anhui Healing Home. We are so grateful to all of the wonderful people who stepped forward to fund her operation. She was admitted to the hospital last week, but then her surgery was postponed when the head of cardiac surgery was called out of town. We decided to wait until he returned, and now Chandler is scheduled for Wednesday morning. Read more.
Just as June is the month for many high school and college grads around the world, it’s also been a time of celebration for many babies in our healing homes. The last few weeks we have been called by so many orphanages with really sick babies needing one-on-one care, and so it was time for some of the children in our homes to move onto LWB foster care to make way for new arrivals. When little Noah came into our hands as a preemie, he weighed just under four pounds at one month old. Now topping the scales at over 16 pounds, he is settling into life with his new foster mom. Read more.
At the end of February, we were contacted by a rural orphanage in Anhui. They had just taken in a newborn baby girl with a spinal tumor that had most likely ruptured during her birth. Our medical program team moved her immediately to a hospital in Shanghai, and surgery was performed right away. We knew that she would need many prayers, as once a tumor has broken open, the risk of serious infection is high. We were cautiously optimistic when she came through surgery well, and her first reports were positive. Read more.
Frankie came to LWB’s True Children’s Healing Home in September, after a long journey from his home province of Shaanxi. At six months old he weighed less than ten pounds and was in need of a great deal of careful nurturing, but his sparkling eyes told us that we would soon be seeing a strong and active Frankie.
The TCHH caregivers immediately set about filling Frankie’s tummy with nutritious formula and filling his little soul with love and attention. Frankie began to thrive. Within a few weeks he had started crawling, and by November he was brave enough to approach the bigger babies and take their toys away!
After the long wait of the adoption process, we all anticipate bringing home our child forever. An orphan no more, we dream of settling in as a family, having siblings instantly fall in love with each other and for the new scenery of home to take root in the child’s heart. We brought our daughter Joya home nearly a year ago when she was 26 months old. When people ask me what has been hard about our adoption experience, I truthfully express that the first 60 days at home were the darkest and most trying times. Now on the other side of that time, hindsight makes it easier for me to see what particular parts were so difficult.