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A Look Back: 2016 Medical Program Highlights

The start of a new year is always a great time for reflection, and here at LWB we love the month of January as a time to remember all of the beautiful children who came into our hands the year before. Over the next three days, we want to share some of the highlights from our Medical program, as supporters like you helped so many incredible kids receive life-changing medical care.

Let’s go month by month to remember some of the very special children you impacted.

Cornelius’ story is a true testament to the spirit of community. Born with biliary atresia, Cornelius required specialized hospital care until his adoptive family was able to take him home.

Donors gave generously to keep this little guy healthy, and our colleagues in China worked tirelessly to ensure he received the care he needed until he could safely travel home.

We recently received an update from Cornelius’s family, and they report that he is doing very well!

Simon from our Foster Care program in Huainan was involved in an accident and fractured his pelvis. He was rushed to the hospital and placed in traction.

This all happened right before Chinese New Year, the most important holiday in China, and we thought Simon would miss celebrating with his foster family.  Well, his foster mom wouldn’t leave his side, and our hospital manager bought him toys to keep him occupied while he recovered using funds from our Medical Care Fund.

We are so happy to report that Simon is now with his forever family!

Sydney and Reagan, twins born prematurely, came into our hands in March.

They were hospitalized for just about one month before discharging to our Anhui Healing Home where they are now doing very well.

April’s highlight was the 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange in Kaifeng, Henan.  

Volunteers from the US and the UK traveled to China to work alongside the Kaifeng Children’s Hospital staff to heal 34 children (19 cleft lip repairs and 15 cleft palate repairs). Some of the children were orphaned and some were from impoverished families, but either way this was a tremendous opportunity for them to receive the surgeries they needed.

Mary Beth, before and after cleft repair surgery

Our latest update on the children is that all are healing well, though some will need additional surgery in the future.

Tomorrow, we’ll share our Medical program highlights from May through August of 2016. We hope you’ll join us for more success stories!

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