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.
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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.
Eight-year-old Yue lives with her parents in a mountainous area of Shaanxi province. She was born with PFO, or patent foramen ovale, a heart condition, and her family is very poor and cannot afford her medical care.
Her mother heard about LWB’s Unity Fund, which provides assistance to impoverished families, at the local civic affairs office. So Yue’s mother and father gathered their daughter and began the journey to a hospital where they knew LWB works. Read more
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. Read more
Look at sweet baby Dominic. Dominic has been in the care of our Starbridge Healing Home for one month now and we are very concerned about him. He is 3 months old and has a serious heart defect, causing him to struggle to get enough oxygen into his little body. This gives his skin a bluish appearance and has us very worried.
When Dominic first came to SBHH he was a very fussy little boy and very somber. Read more
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.
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.
We took a three hour train from Guiyang, through the rural countryside of Guizhou to get to our next destination of Liupanshui. The passing scenery was beautiful, with crop terraces all up the mountains. Whereas the eastern side of Guizhou has many homes made of wood, the western side has white stone and concrete houses, but still with the traditional Chinese style curved tile roofs.
At the end of October, a tiny baby boy was born in rural China. I always try not to, but it’s so easy for my mind to go to the moment of his birth, and wonder whether his parents were excited, nervous….happy or scared. I am sure very quickly they realized that something wasn’t quite right. The baby was very blue and so weak when he came into our hands that I wonder if he ever gave that first cry heralding that he was now part of this world. Shortly after being abandoned, his orphanage called us and told us it was urgent that he get medical treatment right away, and thankfully we had an open bed at our Heartbridge healing unit, and so he made the trip to Beijing almost immediately. Read more.
His first stage surgery went beautifully, and the doctors said he will not need another operation until two months later.
Our director in Anhui spoke several times by phone with the mom’s cousin and convinced him to come to the hospital today. We learned what we expected. The child’s mom is very poor (she worked as a cook at a temporary construction site), and, after delivering her son, she knew she could not afford the medical care for such a sick child. That is why she panicked and abandoned the baby boy. Read more.