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Counting Our Blessings on the Twelve Days of Christmas: Lives Saved

On the ninth day of Christmas, we are giving thanks for all the lives saved this year thanks to our wonderful supporters. You wouldn’t know it from this adorable photo, but little Cody arrived into LWB’s hands in June of this year critically ill. Weighing just two kilograms at two months of age, his initial photos showed a listless baby who was gray in color and too weak to eat. We immediately moved him to the hospital, where he was treated for severe malnutrition, dehydration, and blood poisoning. After being stabilized, he was discharged to our Anhui Cleft Healing Home, where he got the TLC he deserved and where he steadily began gaining weight and confidence that his needs would be met. Soon the somber little baby we all worried so much about was transformed into a healthy baby boy who charms everyone he meets. Cody was ready for his life-changing cleft lip surgery in October and recovered beautifully. He is graduating this month from our cleft home into foster care, and we can’t wait to watch him continue to grow and thrive. We are sure everyone would agree that our world is definitely a much brighter and better place because baby Cody survived!
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Cody: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Cody arrived at our Anhui Cleft Healing Home (ACHH) at just six weeks of age.  He was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate and came to ACHH to receive individual care so that he would be ready for cleft lip surgery in a few months.  However, when he arrived he was pale, not very responsive, and appeared very weak with fever and diarrhea.  Quite concerned for little Cody, our staff brought him to have a medical evaluation the very next day.  At that examination, the doctor felt that Cody may actually have been born prematurely and showed signs of serious malnutrition.  Cody was admitted directly to the newborn baby floor for medication to treat the diarrhea and fevers and for nutrition support.  However, that was just the beginning.
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