Five month old Chandler has made great progress recently at LWB’s Anhui Healing Home. Meal time is one of her favorite parts of the day. Hopefully, she likes alphabet soup, as her complex heart defect includes several acronyms! She was born with a complex heart defects including pulmonary atresia, ventricular septal defect (VSD), and patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). Read more
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The goal of Love Without Boundaries’ Unity Fund is to keep impoverished families together by providing medical care to children in need. Today we’d like to feature two lovely girls, one of whom has already had her surgery through our Unity Fund and one of whom is hoping to be funded for surgery.
Beautiful Yuqing is new to our Unity Fund Program and is in the hospital awaiting urgent heart surgery. Her VSD has gone unrepaired for a long time as her parents have waited and hoped that they would have enough money to pay for her surgery. Read more.
Branson was born with complex heart defects, including Transposition of the Great Arteries, Pulmonary Atresia, Complete Endocardial Cushion Defect, VSD, and ASD. Branson has spent the past two months at an LWB healing home, receiving specialized care, with a tentative surgery date scheduled for August. However he has recently been experiencing episodes of severe breathing distress when the weather gets hot and oppressive, or when he cries. His doctors advise that he have surgery immediately.
Through the generosity of our supporters, nearly $9,000 has already been raised for Branson’s surgery, with a little over $2,200 remaining needed. Read more.
LWB’s Medical Program has many beautiful children with heart disease waiting for their chance at surgery right now. We wanted to profile three of the kids today, with the hope that their remaining funds needed can be raised for their treatment. Please share with anyone you know who might want to give these precious children a true second chance.
Shelby came to our attention after an adoptive mom visited her orphanage and was told by the nannies that she wasn’t doing well due to her severe heart disease. Read more.
Once upon a time… a baby girl was born in China but was abandoned shortly after her birth. She was fortunate enough to be adopted by a local family as an infant, and her life as a daughter began.
Little Layla’s story sadly doesn’t end there. Her parents eventually divorced, and she was raised by her loving mom. When Layla was six, her world fell apart when her mother passed away and she was an orphan once again. Read more.
Fourteen-year-old Chun Xia lives with his mother in an extremely poor area of China. When his father passed away two years ago from heart failure, Chun Xia took it quite hard and suffered from headaches, loss of appetite and fatigue. At first, his mother didn’t worry too much. When his complaints became more serious every day, his mother took him to a big hospital in the city of Xian as their area has a serious lack of medical resources. The hospital discovered that like his father, Chun Xia also suffers from congenital VSD in addition to pulmonary hypertension (PH). Congential VSD is not considered a particularly serious heart disease, but surgery can be quite risky when combined with PH. Chun Xia and his mother were quite shocked and upset by this news as they did not have any idea that he suffered from the same heart problems that caused his father’s death.
With hopeful hearts, Chun Xia and his mother traveled to Shanghai in search of medical help. Read more.
Sweet Josie’s very large ventricular septal defect (VSD) heart defect needs to be repaired fairly soon. At just five months old, her life is just beginning, and she has such a bright future after her heart is repaired. One day we may read about her winning the lead role in a major ballet production or finding a cure for cancer. Or perhaps Josie will choose to be a teacher or engineer. While we do not know what desires are in her little heart, our desire for her is that she will have a healthy heart, find her forever family, and have the opportunity to pursue her dreams. Read more.
Layla has just turned seven years old; yet she has had to endure more in her short life than most could imagine. Abandoned at a young age, she was adopted domestically and enjoyed family life. When her parents divorced, her mother continued to raise her until she took ill and passed away last fall. Layla was returned to the orphanage, and, while dealing with the grief of losing her mother, she became very sick. Doctors discovered she has a VSD and is in need of surgery.
Layla wants nothing more than to return to school, but her caregivers would like her to have a healthy heart before doing so. Read more.
Eight years ago, I held a tiny baby boy who was struggling to survive with heart disease in the corner of an orphanage baby room. Those who know me understand this was a moment that changed my life forever. Back then, I knew I needed $5,000 in order to save this child’s life as the orphanage did not have the funds to pay for his surgery. That amount of money seemed impossible to me at the time, but hundreds of people came together to raise what was needed. That baby is now a handsome young boy who is now healthy and adopted into a wonderful family. His story is one that I wish every child born with a medical condition could experience.
Recently I went to our medical donation page and looked at the amounts that we now must raise to give children like Joshua, above, with heart disease a second chance, and it took my breath away for a moment.
Sonny is a quiet little boy who was in desperate need of help. When we received his echocardiogram, we were not hopeful that heart surgery would be an option because of the seriousness of his diagnosis. Sonny had Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV), a VSD (hole in the heart) very close to his aortic valve, pulmonary stenosis (PS), and Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). That is a lot of things to be wrong in such a little heart, and Sonny was very blue. But we sent him to a cardiac hospital in Shanghai to get another opinion.