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Welcoming Wyatt and Nikolas to our Healing Home

In late January, a premature baby boy was abandoned and brought to an orphanage.  He was clearly experiencing breathing distress and was rushed several hours away to the provincial capital by ambulance. Upon arrival, he needed to be placed immediately on a ventilator. Thankfully, Wyatt showed us his grit by only needing specialized breathing support for a few days. We were then able to see his precious face more clearly.

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Kinley: A Heart That Can’t Wait

For baby Kinley, every day matters. She is in a short window of time when a complicated heart surgery could save her life. If too much time passes, too many days go by without repairing her heart defect, she will most likely not survive.

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Five Little Hearts Healed

Several weeks ago, five little heart patients and their parents traveled to India for their chance to receive life-saving cardiac surgery unavailable to them in Uganda. After settling in and having pre-surgery testing and consultations with the surgeons, the first child to go for surgery was Ruthie.

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Five Little Heart Patients: Settling In and Preparing for Surgery

After two long flights and a layover in Dubai, our group of five little heart patients from Uganda landed safely in Kolkata, India. Our LWB India team was so excited to welcome them! Both the parents and their children were tired from the long journey, but the gift of a little stuffed toy brought smiles to their faces.

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Five Little Heart Patients Travel from Uganda to India

Yesterday, five little Uganda heart patients boarded a plane and traveled to India to prepare for life-saving cardiac surgeries that are unavailable to them in their home country. Their parents have spent the past few months gathering medical reports, passports, visas, and taking COVID tests. We hope you’ll follow along with us for the next few weeks as we get to know these heart warriors and their stories.

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Stories of Hope: Tobias

In June of this year, an LWB team member stopped at an orphanage to pick up a little girl we were hoping to help medically. He thought it would be a fairly routine trip, as we had all the permissions already in place. While waiting for her final paperwork, he walked over to one of the orphanage cribs and saw a thin little boy who was clearly in distress.

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Stories of Hope: Joyce

Last February, we introduced you to a tiny toddler in desperate need of help. Little Joyce had been born with multiple medical needs. Almost immediately after birth, she was whisked away from her mom to undergo an emergency operation for anal atresia. Days later, she was diagnosed with a complex heart issue as well — an atrioventricular (AV) canal defect. This cardiac condition involves a large hole in the very center of the heart chambers, along with faulty valves. Without surgery, Joyce’s heart would eventually fail.

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Stories of Hope: Paul

On our very first visit to western Cambodia in 2016, we met a beautiful girl named Christine. Two years before, she’d been diagnosed with tuberculosis, a bacterial infection that primarily affects the lungs. Christine’s family did everything they could to help her, even selling their land and possessions in order to try and afford her medical care. But they were still short of the funds needed. In order to try and save her life, her brother Paul, then a senior in high school, decided to sacrifice his own future in order to help pay for tuberculosis treatment for the sister he loved.

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Stories of Hope: Frannie

We first met four-year-old Frannie back in June. This sweet little girl had been born with a large Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) in her heart. With this medical condition, blood flows through the lower chambers of the heart into the lungs, forcing them to work harder. Over time, a large VSD can lead to the development of pulmonary hypertension, stroke, and sadly even heart failure. Frannie’s mom had written an emotional letter to LWB asking for help for her daughter. She told us that Frannie had been weak since birth, prone to fevers and colds, and often needing to be rushed to the hospital when she fell ill. When a doctor finally told the mom this year that Frannie had a heart defect, she said that her world fell apart.

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Stories of Hope: Ryder

Why hello, Gerber baby. Look at you with your squeezable cheeks, bright eyes, and a hint of a double chin.  Look at you all comfy and safe, with warm blankets, loving nannies, and arms ready to hold you. What a journey the past year has been, and how we wish you didn’t have to make it.

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