Yong is Coming Home!

Late last year, we learned about a very special little boy named Yong with a rare facial tumor who was orphaned in Guizhou.  His orphanage had tried to get him help at several hospitals in China, but they were told the surgery was just too complex.  His orphanage director contacted LWB to see if we could possibly help him, and through the kindness and compassion of people all over the world, the funding needed for him to have surgery in Los Angeles was  raised.  Shortly afterwards, however, we learned that Yong would be unable to come to the U.S.

In April, I met Yong and his wonderful foster family in Guizhou.  They told me that his tumor was growing so rapidly that he was losing his ability to eat solid foods.  He was losing weight, and they were concerned that he wouldn’t be strong enough for an operation.  We immediately sent a very specialized formula to him, and the next day I was able to meet with provincial leaders to discuss his case.  I was extremely grateful that they agreed that adoption was his very best option for getting the healthcare he required, and they promised to file all of his paperwork immediately.

I am overjoyed to let you know that Yong has an adoptive family traveling soon to bring him home.  They have given their permission to let everyone know that he will soon be Kim and Jane Clement’s beloved son.  The Clements have partnered with us through their ministry to heal so many children in China, and I am just so thankful that they will soon be able to provide Yong with all of the medical care he will need.

I have to admit that when we first learned that Yong would be unable to come to the U.S. for surgery, I was of course heartbroken.  I couldn’t understand why that would happen when everything had come together for his healing.  People around the world had taken Yong into their hearts and given so generously to help him.  But now…when I stand back and look at everything that has since transpired, I only see the greatest of blessings.  If we had not been asked to help Yong, then his adoption paperwork would not have been filed.  And even though we refunded a lot of donations when the surgery couldn’t take place, most people told us to use their donations to heal other urgent children on our waiting list.  Because of this one boy, many other children received their life changing operations.  And now, this beautiful child has a FAMILY moving heaven and earth to get him home in the next month.  Ironically, he will be operated on by the exact team who was originally going to help him.  Over 20 specialists at LA Children’s Hospital will come together to make sure Yong gets the best medical care possible.

I know that everyone who has followed his story will celebrate with me that Yong is coming home.   Thank you again for believing his life is so priceless and important.  LWB has the most incredible supporters.  You change lives every day!

~Amy Eldridge, Chief Executive Officer

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9 Comments to “Yong is Coming Home!”

  1. annette 6 July 2013 at 10:15 am #

    Does he have Neurofibromatosis? NF for short. I saw a man s simular to his story and a doctor traveled from here traveled to china to help him . I have the same disease but.it affects me differently, and he helped remove a tumor from my leg . . His name is DR. mkay McKinnon.at the university of Chicago. Best Wishes. Annette

  2. Jocelyn Scott 6 July 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    How soon can he be operated on? He looks as if he couldn’t wait another day to me.

  3. JD 6 July 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    Completely overjoyed to hear he will be with his forever family soon. Bless his parents and bless Yong! From the moment I saw his precious face, I was hooked. This boy is precious and I’m so thankful to God for the gift of a family for him. So glad he’ll finally be able to have surgery too. We’ll keep praying.

  4. kathy 7 July 2013 at 6:18 am #

    Annette, I was just going to ask the same question! I, too, have NF(1), and it also affects me differently.

    I’m glad Yong is going to get the medical care he needs!

  5. chinalwb 8 July 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Annette, thank you for writing. We hope you are doing well with your diagnosis. We at first thought it probably was NF, but doctors who have examined his MRI films here in the states think it is most likely a condition called infiltrating lipomatosis. We are anxious to have doctors actually examine him in person to come up with a hands on diagnosis. Thank you for the name of the doctor in Chicago!

  6. Hlaclair 20 February 2014 at 9:27 pm #

    Has Yong joined his family yet? Has he had his surgery yet? Is there a more recent update?

  7. chinalwb 21 February 2014 at 8:26 am #

    Yes, Yong was adopted and has been with his forever family for quite a few months now and is very happy! His family met with the surgery team last week, and they have decided that they need to remove as much of the tumor as possible on the first procedure. They will also shave down the bone around his eye. They are not hopeful that his facial nerve can be saved, but they will deal with any loss of function later. Obviously it will be a very complex case, and the surgery is expected to take around 8 hours. They are working with schedulers now to get all the experts they will need on the same day, but hopefully we will know the exact date very soon. We know his family is so grateful for the many prayers being said for this wonderful little boy. Thanks for checking up on him!

  8. Lisa 21 July 2014 at 7:54 am #

    Hi! I was just also hoping for an update on Yong. Has he had his surgery yet? Thanks!

  9. chinalwb 21 July 2014 at 9:23 am #

    Hi Lisa! Yes, Yong is home with his forever family and has had his first major surgery. The last we heard he was doing well. Thanks so much for asking!


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