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Stories of Hope: Tobias

In June of this year, an LWB team member stopped at an orphanage to pick up a little girl we were hoping to help medically. He thought it would be a fairly routine trip, as we had all the permissions already in place. While waiting for her final paperwork, he walked over to one of the orphanage cribs and saw a thin little boy who was clearly in distress.

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Stories of Hope: Joyce

Last February, we introduced you to a tiny toddler in desperate need of help. Little Joyce had been born with multiple medical needs. Almost immediately after birth, she was whisked away from her mom to undergo an emergency operation for anal atresia. Days later, she was diagnosed with a complex heart issue as well — an atrioventricular (AV) canal defect. This cardiac condition involves a large hole in the very center of the heart chambers, along with faulty valves. Without surgery, Joyce’s heart would eventually fail.

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A Good News Update on Elena, Ryder, and Tobias

This October, three beloved residents of our China Healing Home were hospitalized — one for an unexpected heart surgery, one for pneumonia, and one for a planned colostomy reversal. Since these children have such an army of supporters, we wanted to share an update on how all three were doing.

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The Tale of Tobias

Once there was a little boy named Tobias who was born with a medical condition called anal atresia. Sadly, it caused him to be left all on his own, and the urgent surgery he needed at birth was never able to be done. For two years, his tiny body wasn’t able to work the way it should, and eating and even moving became painful. Tobias learned to just lie in his orphanage crib all day.

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New Medical Cases in China

This week we’ve welcomed four new children into our medical program.  We’d like to introduce you to them so you can send every positive thought their way. The first two children are from separate orphanages in central China. Baby Avery is from one of our partner orphanages and was admitted to the provincial children’s hospital with a severe case of pneumonia.

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Joyce: 5 Hearts, 7 Days

Lydia had just been told that the complex heart surgery her baby girl Joyce needs to live could not be performed anywhere in all of Uganda. The hospital staff told her that she’d have to travel abroad and would have to find help on her own. Noticing her tears, a kind stranger on the street stepped carefully toward Lydia to offer a few minutes of comfort. Before stepping back into the crowd, this mysterious woman handed her a slip of paper with a phone number on it.

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A Visit to Tongren Foster Care

The visually stunning and culturally diverse province of Guizhou was the next destination for me and Cindy, our China director. Situated to the west of Hunan, it is mountainous; little wonder that bicycles are not the most popular mode of transport here. Travel from Loudi was through countless tunnels, and I drank in glimpses of terraced fields and forested mountain peaks, some with exposed rock and others without; and of villages nestled in valleys.

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Joyful Jordy

Last fall, we were contacted by an orphanage who had just received a baby boy born with the medical need of anal atresia, a congenital birth defect that affects about 1 in every 5,000 births. For many children born with this condition, surgery is needed almost immediately to survive, and it was particularly sad for us to learn that someone in Jordy’s life, perhaps his birthparents, had arranged for him to get the emergency surgery he needed.


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Jordy Waits For Surgery

In September, this tiny little boy was found completely on his own and taken to a nearby orphanage.

The orphanage staff was very concerned, as he was severely dehydrated and had a distended belly. As soon as they called us for help, we agreed to take him to the hospital for emergency care. Read more.

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Emergency Babies

Over the last 13 years, orphanages in China have learned that they can trust LWB’s Medical program when they have an emergency with a child in their care. Typically these emergencies involve babies who were recently abandoned, possibly due to medical needs that were too overwhelming or expensive for their birth families to handle and require urgent medical attention.

Jordy is one such baby. His orphanage called us in September to ask for help with a baby who was dehydrated and had a very distended stomach. In the case of dehydration in a newborn like Jordy, every minute medical care is delayed can make the difference between life and death. Read more.

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