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Cody: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Cody is a sweet four-month-old baby boy who is now thriving in the arms of our incredible nannies at the Anhui Cleft Healing Home (ACHH). This is a big change from the tiny one-month-old baby who was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate and quickly became very ill.

When he was received at ACHH on June 21, Cody was very weak and not very responsive as a result of constant diarrhea and fevers. Our staff took Cody to the hospital to be examined, and he was found to be malnourished and likely born prematurely. Cody was admitted to the newborn unit for tube feedings and IV nutrition support. While testing for the sources of his fevers, the doctors determined Cody also had pneumonia and blood poisoning requiring immediate treatment with antibiotics and blood transfusions. Cody was already a fighter and began to get stronger with treatment. He was discharged back to ACHH on July 9.

We were so pleased with Cody’s progress over the next month when he grew to nearly 4 kg and became a very responsive newborn baby, looking around the room to locate the source of sounds. But Cody was still fragile, and he developed diarrhea and needed to be admitted to the hospital for more treatment on August 10. Cody was also diagnosed with pneumonia and anemia for which he received antibiotics and more blood transfusions. After eight days, Cody had recovered again and was back at ACHH.

Since that second admission, Cody has not looked back!   He is now a very responsive baby, interested in his colorful mobile and other toys. He loves to be taken into the sitting room so he can watch the older babies play, and he pays attention to the nannies when spoken to. Cody has grown to weigh nearly 5 kg and will be ready to have his cleft lip surgery in early October. What an incredible baby boy!

We are very thankful for all of Cody’s sponsors who are supporting his medical, surgical, and monthly care at ACHH. We still have $700 in outstanding hospital bills to cover from his second admission and treatment. If you are able to help, even in a small way, please go to Cody’s medical sponsor page on our website. We can’t wait to see his new smile in just a few more weeks!

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