The Power of Love: An Update on Yong

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.

We are saving all of the notes people have sent for Yong, with the hope we will someday be able to give them to the family who steps forward to adopt him.  We want him to know just how many people think his life is really important.   Kids like Lauren and Jacob from Kentucky who emptied their piggy banks to donate $15.62. Incredible kids like Natalie, who saw Yong’s photo and just knew she wanted to help him. She created a website encouraging people to skip eating out for one meal and instead donate to help Yong receive surgery. We’ve received donations from all over the world, including Granada, Singapore, Spain, the UK and more. We’ve read notes from children that asked for donations instead of birthday presents, college kids that are apologizing because they can’t donate more than $20, and parents donating in honor of their children. This is real love in action.

Many people have offered to contact surgeons and hospitals to see if the surgery could be done for less, and so I wanted to explain this a bit more.  We had Yong’s MRI films reviewed by hospitals in China, the US, and the UK – and the one thing that every physician agreed on is that Yong’s surgery will be extremely complex.  Obviously the tumor is massive, impacting his facial nerves, vascular system, and the bones in his face.  His eye is also involved, and even his ear on that side has been impacted.  The surgery team needs to be led by an expert in the field, and we are so grateful that Dr. Mark Urata from Children’s Hospital in LA has agreed to take the case.  He is the head of the division of plastic surgery at CHLA, and we know that Yong will have an entire team of specialists creating the best surgery plan possible for him.

We are so grateful that so many people have come together to help Yong.  All needed invitation letters from the hospital and LWB have already been Fed Exed to China, so the final permissions for him to come to the United States can be issued.  Most government offices there are closed right now for Chinese New Year, but we are hopeful that his passport will be issued just as soon as they get back to work.  Yong will then need to travel to the US consulate in Chengdu in order to get his medical visa, and then this beautiful little boy will hopefully be on his way to America.

As I mentioned in our first blog on Yong, when I first was told the amount needed I felt like I couldn’t breathe.  But now I have learned yet again that the power of love is miraculous.  THANK YOU – from all of us with LWB – for believing this little boy deserves a chance at a better life.

~Amy EldridgeChief Executive Officer

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22 Comments to “The Power of Love: An Update on Yong”

  1. Amy Popham's 10 February 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    Our Enid FCC group is collecting money for Yong tonight!!!!!

  2. Patty Fouts 10 February 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    What an incredible gift for this young boy. Oh how I wish it could have been given to him years ago, but I pray that the Lord will guide the surgeons and his entire team and give supernatural wisdom to them when they just don’t know what to do. May Yong know the love of his family soon.

  3. Teresa Baldinucci 10 February 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    This is the most wonderful news!!! Thank you to everyone whose heart was moved for Yong!! Praying that his surgery goes well and that the medical team, with God’s provision, can make a miracle happen.

  4. Peg 10 February 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    I am speechless though tears are eloquent. So glad this little guy will have a real chance!

  5. Christy 10 February 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    Who will yong stay with in Los Angeles? Will he be escorted to la with a chaperone?

  6. Arwen 10 February 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    Love, WITHOUT boundaries! Love, unbounded, unfurled, unequivocal,unmitigated, and unreserved! So blessed by your work. Thank YOU LWB!

  7. Peggy 10 February 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    What a great “update” I am soooo happy for Yong. Will pray for his surgery to be a success with little or no pain for him. This is wonderful news!

  8. Jocelyn Scott 10 February 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    After all the bad things that you read about in the newspapers and see on TV news, and with the various problems I have in my own life, it’s wonderful to read that some good things DO happen in this world!

  9. Lesa 10 February 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    Praise God!!!! LWB repaired our son’s cleft lip and palate in Fuzhou, China before he came home to us. I wish we could have donated more and I thank LWB for their love and care of children in China!

  10. Wendi Moore 10 February 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    Praise God! This sweet boy will be able to have his surgery at last!! That is very happy news! Thank you to all those who contributed money to save this boy and allow him to have a happier and probably pain free life!! Well done!

  11. Laurie 10 February 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    Crying tears of joy! I love seeing how awesome God is not only for providing for Yong but at how quickly this money was raised. Prayers for paperwork to be completed and a perfect surgery and healing.

  12. Carrie 10 February 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    Yong has been and continues to be in my prayers..thank God!

  13. Susan 10 February 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    God is so good!
    Tears in my eyes when I saw this post!
    He owns it all and it is so good to see His miracles!

  14. Tom Larson 10 February 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    God Bless that little boy.

  15. Danielle Rumford 10 February 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    God is awesome! I keep reading this. This little boy had my heart the first time I saw his picture. Thank you for allowing us to share in his journey. :) My faith grew seeing how fast God worked in what seemed like an impossible goal.

  16. Jenn Looper 11 February 2013 at 10:08 am #

    This is the very best news I could have gotten today! So exciting & humbling to see people come together for such a wonderful & deserving little boy. With what seemed to be an almost impossible amount to raise, this is proof that anything is possible. Wishing you a speedy & safe journey, operation, & recovery Yong!
    Much love to you!

  17. Melissa 11 February 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    God is good! Yong is living proof that miracles happen. Continuing to pray for this little guy and the best possible outcome for him!

  18. Anita Cubbage 11 February 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    This is great news for this precious little boy. LWB has done a wonderful thing.Yong and his doctors have been in my prayers and they continue to be. GOD IS SO GOOD! “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.” Yong, wishing you a safe journey and praying your surgery goes well and you have a speedy recovery. Much, much love to you!!!

  19. Sarah Whitehead 11 February 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    I have goosebumps from the wonder of it all and tears for joy for Yong. Bless you all for helping him. Amazing, wonderful story!!

  20. Gail deTschaschell 7 March 2013 at 1:19 am #

    My prayers are with the surgery team and for this beautiful child. May God give the surgeon divine wisdom and guide his hand. Thank you Lord for the miracle you are doing for this special child

  21. Peg Miller 6 March 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    Has Yong had his surgery yet?

  22. chinalwb 7 March 2014 at 7:45 am #

    Peg, Yong’s surgery is scheduled for April 17 at Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. Thanks for asking about him!

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