Tag Archives: Medical

100 Children, 100 Challenge

100 children. 100 faces. 100 lives touched last year because you cared. Children like Bran, Talia, Chandler, and Peanut.  These children and 96 others like them inspired our 1st annual 100 Challenge.

SBran

We are excited to invite you to take part in LWB’s 1st Annual 100 Challenge by choosing a child from the 100 faces shown and making a donation in his or her honor in order to help more children in 2014. Read more.

Emergency Medical Fund

1kgpreemieOver the last eleven years, more and more orphanages have trusted us and depended on us to help their children born with medical needs.  In these cases, we first gather all of the important information about the child, have our medical advisors review their chart, and then we present their case on our website and advocate for funding. Once a child’s surgery is funded, we immediately make arrangements for them to move to the appropriate hospital.

However, some babies arrive into this world with conditions that cannot wait to be funded.  Children born with anal atresia, for example, often will pass away if they do not receive surgery within 48 hours of being found. Read more.

Gideon

Last week, a tiny baby boy came into the world weighing just 1 kg.  When he was found outside, he was taken to the local orphanage.  Staff there called LWB immediately to see if we could help him, as his body was extremely cold and he was spitting up green fluid.  

gideon

We moved this fragile preemie to the biggest children’s hospital in his province, where he remains today fighting for his life. Read more.

Jillian’s Journey

Jilian 1In 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.

Heart Surgery Day

chandlerLove 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.

Creatively Making a Difference

Sometimes we are surprised and delighted at the creative fundraising efforts undertaken on behalf of the children helped by Love Without Boundaries.

Incubator Faith

Recently we heard about a daughter and father team who dreamt up a very “fun” fundraiser.  For Father’s Day this father asked his daughter Emma to donate money to a charity instead of giving him a gift. She decided she wanted to honor him with something different, and she wanted it to be BIG.   Read more

Jana: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Sweet Jana was born with aortic valve stenosis, which makes her little heart work harder and will eventually weaken her heart muscle. She also has patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), a persistent opening between two major blood vessels leading from the heart. Jana frequently becomes ill and often needs to be hospitalized for treatment. She needs surgery as soon as possible to have the best chance at a full recovery. Jana Read more

Prayers for Baby Faith

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.

The Power of Love: An Update on Yong

It is with the most joyous of hearts that we announce that the full amount needed for Yong’s surgery has been raised. Yong has waited years for the medical treatment he needs – and your caring and compassion for this beautiful boy have made his surgery a reality in just five short days.

Read more.

Tiny Angels

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

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.

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