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Diana: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Tiny Diana was born in November 2010 and came into orphanage care with a severe abdominal defect called bladder exstrophy. Diana’s bladder formed on the outside of her body, and she needs a very specialized surgery that is not available in mainland China. It quickly became clear to orphanage staff that Diana was going to need a great deal of extra care before she could even be considered for surgery, so LWB volunteers worked to make room for her in our Heartbridge Healing Home.

Diana weighed a scant 3.5 kg (7.7 pounds) upon her arrival in February… much too small for a three-month-old baby. Over the next seven months Diana managed to gain nearly six pounds, but she is still very delicate. She was sent to a Hong Kong specialist in August and then returned to Heartbridge when it was discovered that she had additional exposed organs and also spina bifida (a tethered spinal cord). Surgery will be much more complicated now; so Diana needs to put on a few more pounds. We hope that she will be ready for her operation right around her first birthday in November. Several additional sponsors are needed to fund Diana’s nurturing care and to help her down the path to health, healing, and happiness.

Typical sponsorships are $50 per month or $25 per month for a shared sponsorship, but your one-time or ongoing donation in any amount will be greatly appreciated. Please click here to learn more about sponsoring Diana!

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