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A Generous Grant for Joel

LWB has just received an extremely generous adoption assistance grant of $10,000 designated to help with Joel’s adoption expenses!

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Joel, as some of you might remember from our previous blog, “The Joy of Joel,” was diagnosed with a complex set of heart defects. His main issue is a Complete Endocardial Cushion Defect. ECD is a heart condition in which the walls separating the chambers of the heart are poorly formed or absent. In Joel’s case, he has only one single atrium chamber instead of two, and also a single ventricle where there should be two.

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Joel’s heart conditions require a two-stage surgery, with the first (the “Glenn”). This surgery would help with blood flow to his lungs and give him better oxygen levels without overworking his heart.  He has had this surgery and has done well since.

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What he still needs though, his second heart surgery (the “Fontan,” which is a complex procedure) and, most of all, a permanent, loving family by his side.

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From what we know about Joel’s condition, it is not an overstatement to say that he will NOT survive without adoption.  An adoptive family will hopefully get him to a hospital and surgeons prepared to provide the specialized care that his heart needs.

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In order to help make this medical and family care possible, a generous donor has helped LWB to provide a $10,000 grant towards his adoption, and we are so grateful.  Interested families willing and able to deal with complex cardiac conditions such as Joel’s should contact our Adoption Advocacy Team at adoption@lwbmail.com.

We feel sure that a wonderful family is just waiting to love and care for Joel and be by his side throughout whatever comes his way!

Love Without Boundaries proudly advocates for adoption but is not an adoption agency. We invite you to contact adoption@lwbmail.com  with questions about a child we have featured and encourage you to contact your adoption agency for more information about China’s Waiting Child Program.

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  • bethsmith146 says:

    my son has a similar heart defect. it is serous but very treatable. with surgery Joel could live a long life. he is very cute. will be praying for his forever family to be found quickly.

  • Ana gomes says:

    Just this past week a friend a cardiologists asked about adopting a child please send information so I may give to them
    Thank you I’m sure being a cardiologist he would find what this child needs medically. And a family

  • Ashleypratten says:

    Would love more info on this sweet boy 🙂