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Oliver: Because Some Valentines Can’t Wait

With Valentine’s Day is just one week away, we are beginning our celebration early in honor of a little boy named Oliver who desperately needs our help. After suffering from infertility for eight years, Oliver’s mother was thrilled to find herself pregnant in 2015. Immediately following little Oliver’s birth, however, they were given the news that their miracle baby had been born with congenital heart disease and Down Syndrome. In China, around 95% of women terminate their pregnancies if they learn before birth that their child has Down Syndrome.

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Chandler: Home At Last!

Not even a week after she was born, we first met Chandler. 

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Chandler was born with complex heart disease. Shortly after her birth, she was taken to the Xiaoxian orphanage in northern Anhui province. LWB has a wonderful relationship with this orphanage, and the director called us right away to see if Chandler could be cared for in our Anhui Healing Home. When she arrived into our hands, she weighed just 3 kg. Read more.

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Love For Luna

Last fall, we were contacted about an eight-month-old baby girl with severe congenital heart disease. Her orphanage had recently sent her to Beijing, but doctors there felt there was nothing that could be done surgically for her.

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Luna, as she came to be known, was suffering from repeated bouts of respiratory infections and pneumonia, and it was clear that without something being done quickly, she would not survive. Read more.

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Meredith: A Medical Success Story

Meredith was born in 2011 in Shaanxi Province.  Her family includes her father and mother, plus her paternal grandparents, both of whom have medical issues requiring medication. Meredith’s mother stays at home to care for Meredith and the grandparents.  Meredith’s father works as a day laborer, so his income isn’t stable to support the entire family of five people.Meredith 1 Read more.

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Josie: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Josie is a beautiful 20-month-old toddler who is new to our foster care program in Changzhi. Josie came to us from the Little Flower Project in Beijing where she was referred to as Hua. You can read more about her story of her early life here. Since entering our foster care program in November, Josie has been thriving!

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Diagnosed with congenital heart disease and Goldenhar Syndrome, Josie has enjoyed exploring her new foster home and playing with her foster mother.
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Felicia and Nancy

Over the years, LWB’s Unity Initiative has helped families remain together in difficult times. Over the holidays, eight rural, impoverished families came to us requesting help funding surgeries for their children. Thanks to our Unity Initiative Fund, we were able to help many of these families immediately. However, two more families remain unfunded who have asked for help so that their daughters —  Felicia and Nancy — can have heart surgeries.

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Felicia’s father is a farmer with many mouths to feed in his family. Read more.

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The B Babies

Our minds have been stuck on the letter “B” this week! In the past few days, we have taken in two new babies and been very concerned about another baby from our Heartbridge Healing Home — all with names beginning with the letter B. So without further ado, we want to give you an update on all three B babies: Bridget, Brayden, and Brent.

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Bekah: Our Girl, Forever and Ever

The baby girl was carefully layered in blankets and placed in a place where she would be found quickly. Her arrival at the orphanage was recorded by the local news station, whose cameras watched the orphanage workers peel off every layer of warmth to reveal a tiny, blue, sickly infant.

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After about a year, the orphanage director appealed to Love Without Boundaries to provide the cardiac surgery that this baby so desperately needed. In late 2012, many of us were introduced to “Elizabeth.” In January 2013, our family committed to Elizabeth after much consideration. Our youngest daughter had only been home from Russia for eight months, and we were still in the thick of adjustment and bonding challenges.  However, when we saw Elizabeth’s face, we were immediately tied to her, no matter what the cost. Read more.

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How Far Would You Go?

I am often asked why so many children with medical needs are now orphaned in China. I frequently have people tell me that they think it is terrible that anyone would abandon a child who was sick, and I see similar comments on social media with regular frequency. I remember having a discussion with another parent at an adoption conference, and she told me quite frankly that she would never honor her daughter’s birthparents because they had “thrown her away” when she was born needing surgery.

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Over the last decade of working in China, I have learned that this is a complex subject that can’t be summed up in simple black or white statements. For many rural families, the cost of providing their child with medical care is completely beyond their reach. How far would you go to possibly save the life of your child?  Read more.

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Healing Heart Defects: A Team Effort

When one of LWB’s China Medical Directors is asked to help a child with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) it is just the first step in a long journey of hope through healing.

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Our first step is to determine the type of CHD. There are more than 40 different types of heart defects with a range of severity for each case. LWB’s Medical team gets evaluations in China as well as from a team of specialists on our Medical Advisory Board to determine what type of surgery the child will need and what other type of care they will require. Read more.

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