Bryant is two and a half years old and still waits for surgery to repair his Tetralogy of Fallot heart defect. Typically this surgery is done at about a year old, but we just learned of him late last year. His orphanage has agreed to our help, but funds are needed to cover his heart catheterization to determine the best plan forward, as well as for his subsequent surgery. In the meantime Bryant is having difficulty gaining weight, and we need to move forward sooner rather than later to give him the best possible chance at a healthy life. Read more.
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Over Christmas, we received the heartbreaking news that three of the beautiful babies we were helping passed away. All three of these little angels had been born with heart issues, and as I have written about in the past – winter is by far the hardest time for orphaned babies with medical needs.
Today, I am giving thanks for the lives of Kaira, Quinn, and Jamison. Their lives mattered, and we are so saddened by the loss of all that was yet to be for them.
Jamison – we learned of your loss first, and we are grieving that you were just days away from traveling to Shanghai for your surgery. We were praying so hard for you, little boy, and are so saddened that your heart simply couldn’t go on. Read more.
Is it possible to put a pricetag on the life of a child? Unfortunately, thanks to many new metrics systems, I think some people are starting to do just that, even if they have the best of intentions. At givewell.org for example, they encourage people to give to charities who can save a life for the least amount possible. They state on their website:
We consider anything under $2,000 per life saved (or equivalent, according to one’s subjective values about how to compare other sorts of impacts to lives saved) to be excellent cost-effectiveness. We consider anything over $20,000 per life saved (or equivalent) to be excessive for the cause of international aid, as it implies more than an order of magnitude higher costs than the strongest programs.
Earlier this week, a tiny, six pound baby girl received her angel wings. As I have written before, it will never get any easier to lose a child in one of our programs. When the news comes in, it is always heartbreaking, as of course it is always so painful to think of any baby in this world dying without parents who love her.
Drew captured LWB’s Medical Team‘s hearts with his very first photo. While his lips were blue, indicating a serious heart defect, he certainly did not seem to struggle with gaining weight! Drew is from an orphanage in Anhui Province, where winters are especially cold and difficult for children with heart conditions.
Even though he had a solemn expression, he did not seem to indicate that he was struggling. When Drew arrived at the hospital with a serious and complex heart defect – Dextrocardia and Complete Endocardial Cushion defects – he was described as a very strong baby with a loud cry. Read more.
Don’t mess with women on a mission! Three intrepid LWB volunteers recently took part in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin, Ireland, to raise money for the children in the Henan Healing Home. Julie Flynn Coleman, the director of LWB’s Healing Homes, her daughter Robyn, and LWB volunteer Gina Hall were part of a crowd of 40,000 women all doing their part for the charity of their choice.
Julie wrote a bit about their day to give those of us who couldn’t be there some idea of the wonderful atmosphere. Read more.
The world is opening up for Daisy. Words and language are the keys to unlock thinking and reasoning, and Daisy has those keys. At four years old she is described at being “good at expressing herself” by her teachers of her Believe in Me Huainan School preschool class. Read more.
The calendar said it was the first day of Spring 2012 but the biting cold was more like mid-winter. I had just entered the children’s section of the SWI I was visiting and the worried nannies brought first to me a child who needed immediate help. They carried in a bundle of heavy quilts. As I peeled back each thick blanketed layer, there was the tiny face of a baby. A baby boy with big and intense eyes fanned by his long thin fingers. This baby boy latched right onto my heart as he reached out and latched my finger with his wee hand. I guessed this child couldn’t be more than 2-3 months old. I was very wrong. He was would soon be two in June. Read more.
When I was waiting to adopt my first child from China in 1999, I read story after story in online forums about the infamous “clothing police” I was sure to encounter on my adoption trip. I was warned about grannies who would come up and yell at me or wag their fingers if my child-to-be wasn’t covered from head to toe even if I thought the outside air temperature seemed fine.
Well, now I can say that many of the clothing police are women I greatly admire. They are devoted foster moms and grandmas and orphanage nannies who have watched far too many children over the years struggle with issues like pneumonia and fevers when they fall sick. As I’ve already covered in my last two posts, many orphanages and foster homes don’t have central heating, and even in the southern provinces of China, the orphanages are quite cold at times. To protect children from the cold and becoming more vulnerable to infection, they are bundled, almost from the very moment that they come into the world. Read more.
Ten surgeries were completed today, which brought the total number of children healed to 49. One baby had to be disqualified from surgery this morning due to infection, but we all agree that 49 lives changed is a wonderful accomplishment in just five days of surgery. Both the US medical team and the China medical team feel that the trip was a complete success, and they are already talking about when they can get together again in the future to help more children in need. Read more.