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A Kiss From Oliver

Around Valentine’s Day, we shared with you the story of Oliver and his mama. Oliver was born with Down Syndrome and congenital heart disease in 2016. Although his family was thrilled with their new son, they were scared to see that his lips were often blue. Oliver suffered from breathing distress, frequent fevers and coughing. His mama knew something needed to be done to help her precious boy, and she took him to several hospitals desperately searching for help, only to be repeatedly turned away. Thanks to supporters of our Unity Initiative, we were able to promise Oliver’s mama that her son would get the best care possible at Children’s Hospital of Fudan University.

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Oliver: Because Some Valentines Can’t Wait

With Valentine’s Day is just one week away, we are beginning our celebration early in honor of a little boy named Oliver who desperately needs our help. After suffering from infertility for eight years, Oliver’s mother was thrilled to find herself pregnant in 2015. Immediately following little Oliver’s birth, however, they were given the news that their miracle baby had been born with congenital heart disease and Down Syndrome. In China, around 95% of women terminate their pregnancies if they learn before birth that their child has Down Syndrome.

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Faye’s Dream

Little Faye is almost four years old. Due to her family’s financial hardship, both of her parents work as migrants far away from her hometown. Fortunately, Faye lives with her grandma and grandpa, who told us that she loves to sing and dance more than anything. They said she is like a little spirit who came out of a fairy tale to bring endless joy to them. Sadly, when she was one year old, doctors diagnosed her with severe pulmonary stenosis, and her family was unable to pay for her operation. For two years they worried and felt helpless, but thankfully this year they heard about LWB’s Unity Initiative and applied right away.

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A Helping Hand To Rural Families: Our Unity Initiative

One-year-old Sharmaine lives in a rural village in Anhui province, a region known for growing traditional Chinese herbs and medicine. When she was born, however, she needed far more than the ancient healing methods available. Sharmaine was quickly diagnosed with a congenital heart defect that required surgery.  Her parents and aging grandmother were sadly unable to pay for the life-saving operation she needed. 

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Baby Niles: A Unity Fund Success Story

In late June, we were asked to help a seven-month-old baby from rural Anhui province named Niles. Niles was born with a congenital heart defect and had suffered from recurring pneumonia his entire life. Doctors recommended that Niles have heart surgery, but his family was unable to afford the steep cost.

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Love Starts With Us

Just as mine is, Kelly’s social media feed is filled with images of orphans waiting in China. Sometimes it’s overwhelming. Sometimes those little faces get lost. But in February of 2013, my friend didn’t scroll past LWB’s blog post, “Jenny, Jenny”. She read it and took a moment to share it, urging, “Jenny needs a family.”

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And our love story started there. With a keystroke, a friend introduced us to our daughter, and love came fiercely. Read more.

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Words From a Thankful Mother

Zi Xuan and his twin brother were born prematurely on February 14.  Sadly, Zi Xuan’s twin passed away, and the surviving brother spent several weeks in an infant incubator in the hospital.  He was diagnosed with biliary atresia, which caused severe jaundice.

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Zi Xuan’s father is the only able-bodied worker in the family, and he had to remain in their hometown in Guangdong province to work while his wife and newborn son went to Shanghai in search of medical care. Read more.

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Specialized Formula: What a Difference It Can Make

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In early March, LWB’s Nutrition and Special Projects Program learned of a family struggling to care for their three-month old daughter who was born with anal atresia. Little Yi Xuan has had her first surgery, but she needs to gain weight and grow stronger in order to have a needed second surgery. This has been particularly difficult as Yi Xuan’s intestines are not absorbing the nutrients she needs. Read more.

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Fan: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Fan is our Medical Program’s newest Unity Fund child. He has been struggling with intestinal issues and was recently diagnosed with megacolon.

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He was seen in the local hospital, but when his condition worsened he was transferred to a hospital in Shanghai. Unfortunately his condition continued to deteriorate and the doctors recommended immediate surgery. The surgery happened in mid-April, but his parents are too poor to pay the full hospital bill. Read more.

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Yi Xuan: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Yi Xuan is one of LWB’s first Unity Fund children with anal atresia, a condition that we are seeing more and more of in the children that we help.

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This little three-month-old has already had one surgery, resulting in a colostomy bag. Soon after surgery though, she developed an infection that was treated in Shanghai last week. Her poor family is from a very rural area in northwestern Gansu Province and has traveled far to find medical care for their daughter.
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