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We Stand With Families: Mary Martha

When we first learned of five-year-old Mary Martha earlier this year, she had become so weak from her complex heart defect that she could no longer walk for more than a minute or two at a time. Mary Martha’s life was truly in danger, and her mother was desperate to find help. Surgery in Uganda was not an option for Mary Martha due to the severity of her heart condition (Tetralogy of Fallot), so when she was accepted for surgery in Israel, we all celebrated. 

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We Stand With Families: Oliver Then and Now

Last year, the hearts of everyone in our LWB community were touched by the plight of Oliver, a little boy born with Down Syndrome. He was adored by his family, who became alarmed by his frequent coughs, breathing distress, and blue lips. Doctors diagnosed Oliver with a severe heart defect. but the hospitals his mom reached out to for help all said they wouldn’t take his case due to his special need.  His mom refused to give up, however, as she believed her son was worthy of being healed.

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We Stand With Families: Celine

Celine’s mother wrote to us pleading for help for her only child, “I am kindly asking you to help save my baby’s heart,” said Nassiwa. Celine began showing signs of distress immediately following her birth in January of this year. It has been an extremely difficult time for her mother. Celine is frail and sickly, and when she was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot at three months old, her father abandoned his family. Doctors said that Celine needs open-heart surgery to be healed, but no such treatment is available in Uganda.

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We Stand With Families: Sweet Sue

In 2017, Love Without Boundaries took our cleft team to Cambodia to provide surgeries to children with unrepaired cleft lips and palates. Many of the children who were treated had waited years to have repairs, suffering the pain of prejudice and maltreatment in addition to the nutritional, medical, and speech issues that are often associated with being born cleft-affected. Through our work with impoverished families, we have learned that helping children can often result in healing families as well.

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We Stand With Families: Violet and Ophelia

In our efforts to support impoverished families who are desperate to find help for their critically ill children, LWB’s Unity Initiative provides life-changing surgeries for children in great need. Today, we are standing alongside two families from rural China.

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Sickle Cell Anemia: Lawrence Paul

Sickle cell anemia is a hereditary disease that is passed to a child when he or she receives a sickle cell gene from each parent. It causes the child’s red blood cells to not be shaped normally as a round disc, but instead like a farmer’s sickle. These crescent-shaped cells stick together easily and can clog blood vessels, leading to severe pain which can last hours or days. Children with this condition can suffer from severe anemia and are at risk of life-threatening infections. Babies born with this condition usually start to show signs around 5-6 months of age.

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The Boys From Henan Have Arrived

Several weeks ago, we told you about three little boys from an orphanage in Henan. Their orphanage director was hoping that all three boys could get cleft repair surgeries before they got much older, and he asked if LWB could help. We reached out to our supporters, and in just a few days all THREE surgeries were completely funded! We couldn’t wait to welcome the boys to Anhui.

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Haircuts at the Healing Home!

If you follow our Healing Home work, you know our nannies are wonderful at feeding, rocking, and playing with the children in our care.  There’s one job, however, where they call in reinforcements, and that’s when the kids need a good old-fashioned haircut.  Luckily, after running our Anhui Healing Home for the last ten years, our manager Paddy is a pro with the clippers. We thought these recent photos were too cute not to share.

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Cleft Surgeries for Three Orphaned Boys From Henan

This summer, we were contacted by an orphanage in Henan about three little boys in need of cleft repair: Finn, Ben, and Keaton. Precious Keaton was born with a cleft lip and palate. Already six months old, he is struggling to put on weight, which is unfortunately common for children born with cleft lip as they can be difficult to feed.

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Life Skills Camp 2019: City Adventure and Farewell Dinner

Our 4th annual Life Skills Camp for orphaned teens has been filled with laughter, learning, and JOY. The final day is always bittersweet as the teens reflect on what they have learned, the friendships that they made, and the put their newfound skills and confidence to use. On the last day of camp, the teens get to practice many of the skills they learned this week in communication and self-esteem by navigating the streets of Beijing.  This “Big City” adventure is always a challenging but very fun ending to the camp.

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