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Help Us Keep Elgin and Ryder Safe

This winter, we were called by orphanages asking for help with two tiny boys, both of whom were orphaned at birth: Elgin and Ryder.

Just before Christmas, newborn preemie Baby Elgin was found in the cold. We rushed him to LWB’s partner hospital in Hefei where he was admitted to the Neonatal ICU (NICU) weighing just 1.3 kgs, or 2.9 pounds.

Not long after, Baby Ryder was found abandoned with severe pneumonia. Once we got him to the hospital in Hefei, he was also diagnosed with septicemia and a heart defect.

Ryder had to be placed on the ventilator for nearly two weeks, and we were extremely concerned for him. However, he showed his fighting spirit, and just last week he was extubated and is now able to breathe on his own!

Baby Elgin also showed us his strength, and just this week he reached the “magic weight” of 4 lbs, meaning that he is able to be discharged. He shows such spirit.

Both Elgin and Ryder have made great progress in their healing and, under normal circumstances, would be ready to discharge to the specialized care of our China Healing Home. Unfortunately, the Coronavirus outbreak has caused both the PT center where our healing home is located and their home orphanages to be sealed and quarantined. No one has permission to leave or enter the facilities at the moment, so for now, the safest option for these two fragile babies is to stay right where they are — in the hospital.

However, each day the boys remain in the NICU, the costs for their care increase by over $700. In order to cover their current expenses and keep them safely in the hospital through mid-February, we are in need of an additional $25,000 on top of what has already been received in donations.

So many of us with ties to China feel helpless and wonder what we can do to make a difference. Here is something really tangible and important that we can do to help protect these two tiny warrior boys. Please give what you can today to help us keep Elgin and Ryder safe in the NICU.

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