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A Kiss From Oliver

Around Valentine’s Day, we shared with you the story of Oliver and his mama. Oliver was born with Down Syndrome and congenital heart disease in 2016. Although his family was thrilled with their new son, they were scared to see that his lips were often blue. Oliver suffered from breathing distress, frequent fevers and coughing. His mama knew something needed to be done to help her precious boy, and she took him to several hospitals desperately searching for help, only to be repeatedly turned away. Thanks to supporters of our Unity Initiative, we were able to promise Oliver’s mama that her son would get the best care possible at Children’s Hospital of Fudan University.

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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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From Mongolia, With Love

Over the last fourteen years of our work providing pediatric medical care, children born with congenital heart defects have always been so dear to us.  As most of you know, LWB actually began trying to help one little baby get the heart surgery he needed.  Today, keeping in mind baby Kang who began it all for us, we are asking you to consider helping a beautiful baby girl from Mongolia get her life-saving operation and a chance for a healthy future.


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It Takes a Community: Rh Negative Blood in China

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Last week, precious baby Pearl was found at just four days old with a hospital note explaining she had a meningocele, a large “spinal tumor” which is actually a protrusion of the membranes which cover the spine.  Although we do not know for sure, there is a chance that Pearl’s birthparents were unable to afford the surgery and treatment that she would need.  We made arrangements with her orphanage to move her immediately to a hospital in Shanghai. Read more.

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Tom: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Tom is only a few months old and he’s had a rough start – but this little guy is a fighter!  At ten days, old, he had surgery for appendicitis. The surgery site then became infected, causing parts of his colon and small intestine to become damaged.

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Another surgery removed the damaged areas and gave him a temporary colostomy so he could heal. Tom has been in the ICU since the surgery, which means that his family can’t visit him. Read more.

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