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Our Newest Cardiac Initiative: India (Part II)

In India, the need for cardiac care for children is almost overwhelming. Congenital heart disease is responsible for 28 percent of all congenital birth defects, making it the most common congenital disorder. According to a report by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP), approximately one-fifth of the over 200,000 born with congenital heart disease require an intervention to survive their first year of life. Around 80,000 children die in India every year because of heart defects. You can see why we were so anxious to get started helping children through our special new partnership with Amrita Hospital.

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Our Newest Cardiac Initiative: India (Part I)

In India, over 200,000 children are born each year with congenital heart defects. More than 70,000 of those children need intervention during their first year of life. A majority of families in India make just enough money to survive from day to day. So, when a child is born with a heart defect and the family learns of the cost of the required surgery, imagine the devastation and heartache felt when that sum is unattainable. Money should never be the reason that a child does not get a chance at life.

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Five Little Heart Patients Travel from Uganda to India

Yesterday, five little Uganda heart patients boarded a plane and traveled to India to prepare for life-saving cardiac surgeries that are unavailable to them in their home country. Their parents have spent the past few months gathering medical reports, passports, visas, and taking COVID tests. We hope you’ll follow along with us for the next few weeks as we get to know these heart warriors and their stories.

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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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Ripples to Rachael

Some of my favorite parts about doing this work for so long are the moments when we see the help given to one child go on to impact another. It’s like that beautiful analogy of a pebble being dropped in the water whose ripples go on to touch ever-widening circles. 

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First Surgeries of the Cardiac Exchange

Yesterday was a very full day at Hefei Cardiac Hospital for our inaugural cardiac exchange.  The medical team began with morning rounds to check on the three children having surgery and to do more evaluations of the others who are waiting.

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Lincoln Prepares for Heart Surgery

Little Lincoln was born with Down Syndrome and an ASD heart defect (atrial septal defect). He entered our Anhui Healing Home last winter at five months old, and the nannies immediately fell for his quiet, gentle nature. He thrived in their care, and when he was a year old he graduated to foster care. In February, Lincoln became quite ill and was hospitalized with pneumonia. Doctors did repeat cardiac tests and let us know that Lincoln’s heart function was worsening. He would need to undergo open heart surgery to have a chance for a healthy life.

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Complex Hearts

Most people who’ve heard the story of Love Without Boundaries know that it all began with one baby boy born with congenital heart disease and a group of parents who wanted to help him. Since 2003, we’ve provided life-changing operations to thousands of orphaned and impoverished children, with over 750 of those receiving heart surgery.

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Thanks to the partnerships we’ve built with some of the top cardiac hospitals in China as well as the generosity of our incredible supporters, we’ve been able to repeatedly celebrate the remarkable health transformations that can come through open heart surgery. Read more.

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Joy: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

This beautiful baby came to us during the last week of 2015, during the season of joy — and thus was named baby Joy!

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Joy is ten months old and needs surgery as soon as possible to repair two holes in her little heart which are causing her health to fail. Joy also has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, and it is fairly common for children with Down Syndrome to also have congenital heart issues. Read more.

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Christi and Our Emergency Medical Fund

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In the early morning hours of a late July day, baby Christi was found. Born with some of her organs, including her liver and intestines, protruding through an opening in her abdomen (a condition called gastroschisis), the orphanage called LWB’s China staff immediately. Relying on LWB’s Emergency Medical Fund, Christi was rushed to the hospital where she received urgent surgery in the hope of saving this precious little girl’s life. Read more.

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