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Shayna: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Shayna is a beautiful baby girl who is in LWB’s Healing Homes program at our Anhui Cleft Healing Home (ACHH). Shayna was born in Fuyang in February this year with a cleft lip and palate and has a very sweet personality. At three weeks of age, she was hospitalized for myocarditis at a local hospital and overcame this serious illness over the next two weeks. She was brought to ACHH directly from the hospital and slept quite a bit that first week, but she quickly began to show us her curious nature by looking all about the room whenever she was awake.

If there ever was a carefree baby, Shayna is it! She rarely gets fussy and adores her nannies. She smiles so readily that just eye contact from her nanny during feeding makes her take a break just to smile back. She gained weight quickly and had a double chin by the end of June. By the end of July Shayna was able to hold a toy and could even shake a rattle to entertain herself.

While we were waiting for funding for Shayna’s cleft surgery, we were notified of an available bed at the hospital. Rather than lose this opportunity to heal Shayna, we went ahead and moved her for surgery. She had her life-changing cleft lip surgery on August 3rd and is now even more beautiful! But Shayna is still in need of additional sponsors to fund her surgery. If you can help Shayna and would like to receive updates on this sweet baby, we would welcome your donation in any amount.

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