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Healing Home Hair By Paddy

For the past 12 years, LWB’s Healing Home manager, Paddy, has given haircuts to the children in our care. He’s a firm believer that shaving babies’ hair makes it grow in thicker, and this week he took his clippers around to some of the children who needed a trim.

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Unity Update: Selia, Bella, and Pete

Recently, seven-year-old Selia was taken to the hospital with pneumonia and could not easily recover. Doctors told her concerned family that she had a VSD heart defect that needed repair. The hospital told the family about our Unity Initiative, a program to help impoverished families remain together by funding medical care. Next, a generous supporter of our Unity Initiative funded Selia’s heart surgery, and she arrived at the hospital yesterday to prepare for surgery.

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Elgin’s Story of Hope and Healing

Some of you will remember that right before Christmas 2019, newborn preemie Elgin was found in the cold. We rushed him to LWB’s partner hospital in Hefei. Baby Elgin was admitted to the Neonatal ICU (NICU) weighing just 1.3 kgs, or 2.9 pounds. After spending over a month in the hospital at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Elgin reached the “magic weight” of 4 lbs and could leave the hospital at last.

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The Tale of Tobias

Once there was a little boy named Tobias who was born with a medical condition called anal atresia. Sadly, it caused him to be left all on his own, and the urgent surgery he needed at birth was never able to be done. For two years, his tiny body wasn’t able to work the way it should, and eating and even moving became painful. Tobias learned to just lie in his orphanage crib all day.

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New Medical Cases in China

This week we’ve welcomed four new children into our medical program.  We’d like to introduce you to them so you can send every positive thought their way. The first two children are from separate orphanages in central China. Baby Avery is from one of our partner orphanages and was admitted to the provincial children’s hospital with a severe case of pneumonia.

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Children’s Day 2020

June 1 is International Children’s Day, a time set aside to promote the welfare and well-being of children around the world.  In China, this day is usually a favorite for children living in orphanages as they are often treated to a special meal or receive gifts of fruit or sweets.  Many orphanages will take the children in their care to parks or other outdoor locations as well.  This year in China COVID-19 restrictions meant that many of the celebrations for orphaned children, including the kids in our healing home, were held indoors.

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Unity Update: Cody and Drew

Now that COVID-19 has stabilized in China, our Unity Initiative is once again receiving new children into our program and providing life-saving surgeries to children from rural areas of Anhui province. We recently welcomed two new children into our program: Cody and Drew. Cody was diagnosed with his heart defect when he was less than one week old. This news was “snow plus frost” to his parents who did not want to believe it was possible. They took him to several different hospitals, hoping someone would give them a different diagnosis, as they knew they could never afford the costs of heart surgery on the father’s meager and sporadic income.

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Hooray for Ryder

At the very end of 2019, we received an urgent call from an orphanage who had received a newborn baby in critical condition.  Tiny Ryder was moved right away to the provincial children’s hospital, where he  spent the first four months of his life in an ICU incubator.

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Life in Lockdown

During the time of the coronavirus, many of us are just getting used to what it means to be sheltering in place. If you scroll through a Facebook feed, you’ll see lots of humorous memes from frazzled parents, adjusting to being home 24/7 with their kids. Well, our China Healing Home nannies are definitely pros by now, as they’ve been on complete lock-down since January 26th. That means they are now on Day 74 of watching over the orphaned children in our care – without getting a single break.

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2019 Adoptions

And now for some happy news! Although international adoptions from China have slowed, be assured that they are still happening. In 2019, at least 25 children from LWB programs were adopted both domestically and internationally and are now living lives as treasured sons and daughters.

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