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A Look Back: 2016 Medical Program Highlights

The start of a new year is always a great time for reflection, and here at LWB we love the month of January as a time to remember all of the beautiful children who came into our hands the year before. Over the next three days, we want to share some of the highlights from our Medical program, as supporters like you helped so many incredible kids receive life-changing medical care. Let’s go month by month to remember some of the very special children you impacted.

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Smiles…Thanks to Special Formula!

Twins Reagan and Sydney are smiling thanks in part to their Prenan formula. These adorable sisters were born prematurely in February, and Prenan is especially formulated for premature infants like them. It helps to increase weight and rapid growth in infants with low birth weight. Don’t these sisters look wonderful?

Sometimes the standard, off-the-grocery shelf formula isn’t able to meet the nutritional needs of a medically fragile child, and a specialized formula is the key to helping them heal. Read more.

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Cornelius: What Will His Future Hold?

This past month, we’ve been sharing quite a bit about baby Cornelius, a little boy who has completely grabbed onto our hearts.

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Cornelius was born with biliary atresia, a life threatening liver condition. Several weeks ago he had the Kasai Procedure, which is the only surgical option available to stop damage to his liver. This operation is successful in around 40-60% of babies. As you can see in these photos, Cornelius’s eyes and skin are still quite yellow and jaundiced post-surgery, which indicates that irreversible liver damage is still a sobering possibility. The harsh reality is that in order to live, Cornelius may need a liver transplant…and before he can have a liver transplant, he will need to be adopted internationally. Read more.

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Who Will Be In Cornelius’ Corner?

Cornelius has one of the most distressing diagnoses that we know of for an orphaned child in China:  biliary atresia.

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Biliary atresia is a life-threatening condition in which the liver’s bile ducts do not have normal openings. Without a properly functioning liver, Cornelius will need a liver transplant, something which is extremely rare for an orphaned child. Read more.

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