LWB Community


Harley and James Prepare for Their Final Surgery

Twins Harley and James were born conjoined in October of 2015 in southern Guangdong Province. Harley and James’s parents were extremely young, and the cost of providing the specialized medical care their new babies required was completely out of their reach. They faced other obstacles as well, as hospitals in their region refused to take the case because of the family’s poverty. Unwilling to give up, the family traveled to Shanghai where they heard that other conjoined twins had been successfully separated. This is where LWB became a part of their story.

Read More No Comments

A Final Surgery for Harley and James

In early 2016, we learned about twin boys who were born conjoined at their pelvis area.  Harley and James shared one liver but had two bladders and four kidneys. They lived with their 20-year-old parents in a small village in rural Guizhou. The operation to separate them was expected to be extremely complex and costly — completely out of reach for this impoverished family to borrow or pay.

Read More No Comments

Journey to Cambodia 2017: Hope in the Slums

About a quarter of the world’s population live in slums, officially defined as “squalid and overcrowded districts inhabited by people in poverty.”  In the region we recently visited in Cambodia, that definition was sadly accurate. We passed shanty after shanty built right along the railroad track, metal shacks thrown up by squatters, with dangling electrical lines I was told were illegally and dangerously spliced in. We came to this slum in Cambodia in search of a baby girl whom Leng, our LWB Cambodia Director, first met at a border crossing between Cambodia and Thailand. Leng had been extremely concerned to see how malnourished and sick the little girl was.

Read More No Comments

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.


Read more.

Read More No Comments

#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.

mateo-10-27-16

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.

Read More No Comments

Phillip: Still Fighting

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

Phillip superhero 3.28.16

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.

Read More No Comments

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.

Read More 1 Comment

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.

Quinn intake 4.4.16Quinn upon intake into the hospital

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.

Read More 2 Comments

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.

Sorozo banner 2.16

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.

Read More 1 Comment

Superhero Phillip

Phillip has the energy and strength of a baby superhero!

Phillip superhero 3.28.16

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.

Read More No Comments
css.php