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From Mongolia, With Love

Over the last fourteen years of our work providing pediatric medical care, children born with congenital heart defects have always been so dear to us.  As most of you know, LWB actually began trying to help one little baby get the heart surgery he needed.  Today, keeping in mind baby Kang who began it all for us, we are asking you to consider helping a beautiful baby girl from Mongolia get her life-saving operation and a chance for a healthy future.


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#GivingTuesday Gives Hope to Baby Mateo

Yesterday was #GivingTuesday, and we at LWB decided that our focus for this day of giving back was going to be focused on one little baby in a children’s hospital in Shanghai.

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While many of us on the western side of the world are shopping for presents, putting up Christmas trees, and hanging our holiday lights, baby Mateo, an orphaned boy from southern China, is undergoing dialysis up to 11 times each day. His kidneys are failing, and doctors are working to prevent complete kidney failure as the family who has chosen him for adoption works frantically to expedite the permissions they need to bring him home. Read more.

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Phillip: Still Fighting

Two months ago, we introduced you to a baby “superhero” named Phillip.

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When Phillip arrived at the hospital in Shanghai, he was a chubby, active boy in need of heart surgery for a complex heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot (ToF). From the photos we saw, it was difficult to believe he was even sick! Read more.

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A Lunch Date With Harley and James

Harley and James, the formerly conjoined twins, were treated to lunch this week by some of our wonderful volunteers in Shanghai! Their mission? To delivery a very special package from a 96-year-old grandmother in Missouri. Read more.

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Quinn

On April 2, a tiny infant was found abandoned at the gates of an orphanage in Jiangxi, severely malnourished and dehydrated.  With him was a note from his birthparents.

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The birthparents’ note said that Quinn had been diagnosed with a metabolic disorder as well as a malformation of the colon. The concerned orphanage staff called us right away and asked if we could help save his life. Read more.

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Blanket Delivery from Ireland for Harley and James

The story of conjoined twins Harley and James and their successful separation surgery has captured the hearts and minds of people around the world.  Several weeks ago, we told you the story of a group of Irish schoolgirls who made a blanket to auction off to raise funds for the twins, “SoRoZo: Nine-Year-Old Leaders of Hope“.  The person who won the quilt was none other than our very own Healing Homes Director, Julie Flynn Coleman, and she planned to donate the quilt to the boys.  Since their separation surgery was successful and Harley and James are now two separate boys, the schoolgirls decided to make another quilt so that they could each have their own.

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This past weekend, LWB volunteer Sherri Cox took the twins’ parents and grandmother out to lunch in a restaurant in Shanghai to check on the boys and deliver the blankets to them. Read more.

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Superhero Phillip

Phillip has the energy and strength of a baby superhero!

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His superpower must be to make everyone fall in love with him at first sight. (We know that many of us already have!) Read more.

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Relief

Look who was wide awake and out of the ICU when LWB volunteer Sherri visited the twins today — sweet baby James!

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James was extremely happy and interactive. It’s almost like he wants to reach out to everyone who helped him and his family to say, “Look at me! I’m feeling good!” Read more.

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Being A Healing Home Nanny

When we tell the stories of children in our Medical and Healing Homes programs, we often mention the nannies.  The crucial role that these women play in the lives of the children in their care cannot be underestimated. Healing Home nannies typically spend more time with these children than anyone else has in their entire lives.  The first real relationship that many of these orphaned children will have with an adult is with their nanny.

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One of the former nannies in our healing homes program, Liu Yan, tells us about her experiences and feelings — from the nanny’s perspective. Read more.

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Love For Luna

Last fall, we were contacted about an eight-month-old baby girl with severe congenital heart disease. Her orphanage had recently sent her to Beijing, but doctors there felt there was nothing that could be done surgically for her.

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Luna, as she came to be known, was suffering from repeated bouts of respiratory infections and pneumonia, and it was clear that without something being done quickly, she would not survive. Read more.

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