Last spring LWB was contacted by an orphanage in Jiangxi Province that had taken in a new baby with complex congenital heart disease. This little girl was born with Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA), which occurs when the two main arteries going out of the heart—the pulmonary artery and the aorta—are switched in position. The orphanage was very concerned about the health of this baby girl, but thanks to our wonderful supporters she was able to be moved almost immediately to Shanghai for open heart surgery.
Heidi was still very fragile following her operation; so her orphanage agreed that she should be admitted to our Heartbridge Healing Home. She arrived at the end of April, weighing in well under the 10th percentile on growth charts. We were very encouraged, however, when our nannies reported that this little girl loved her bottle. Unfortunately for Heidi, she arrived to Heartbridge just as the chickenpox virus spread throughout our home! She soon came down with spots but still managed to keep her sunny disposition. Thankfully she came through the illness just fine, and she was soon charming everyone with her smiles.
Over the next few months we watched Heidi bloom. By autumn she was the very picture of health, and we discovered that she would dissolve into giggles when tickled. Now as she gets ready for her important first birthday, little Heidi is truly thriving. She zooms around Heartbridge in her walker, continues to love eating time, and is known as a cheerful and happy little girl. We are beyond grateful to everyone who has played a role in her life story. Heidi is a perfect example of what can be accomplished when we work together to bring hope and healing to children in need.