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A Visit to Oliver’s Home

It’s almost Chinese New Year, and it’s a wonderful time to visit some of the children in our programs. Today, LWB’s team in Anhui drove out to the rural countryside to pay a visit to baby Oliver and his family.  Oliver was born with Down Syndrome and a complex heart defect.  His family had been to multiple hospitals begging for help for their son, only to be turned away. Today our team got to deliver the wonderful news that our supporters had fully funded the heart surgery he needs to survive.

As is the custom during this season, red New Year’s banners welcomed us to their home.

Oliver had been quite sick last week and wasn’t feeling strong enough to even eat, so it was wonderful to see him feeling much better today. Since few homes in this rural area have heat, his mom had him warmly bundled for the day.

Oliver lives with several generations of his family on this small farm. His grandparents were thrilled to know just how many people around the world want to see Oliver’s heart healed.

Neighbors stopped by as well to add their good wishes to the family.

Oliver sure loves being up in his daddy’s arms.

All too soon it was time to say goodbye, but not before leaving Oliver with some special treats.  We’re sure the Year of the Dog will always be a remarkable one to Oliver and his family, as it’s the year he will finally get the medical care he deserves.

Oliver with his parents and LWB team members ZhiYuan and Paddy

Oliver’s parents wanted to pass on a very special message to all our LWB supporters this February 14th.  “It is so nice of you to treat our baby son as your valentine on this day. Best wishes to you for a happy and successful new year of 2018!”

THANK YOU for making this true love story possible.  We can’t think of a more wonderful Valentine’s gift than to know Oliver is finally getting his second chance at a healthy life. It wouldn’t have happened without you!


(Want to help families like Oliver’s stay united?  We welcome donations of any amount to our Unity Initiative, which provides life-saving pediatric heart surgeries for desperate families)




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