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Three Months After Heart Surgery: A Joyful Update

The last time we wrote about these six precious children, they had arrived home to Uganda following heart repair surgeries in India just in time for Christmas. We are so excited to share with you how each of them has been doing since their heart surgeries in India three months ago. They are all growing and thriving!

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Stories of Hope: Tobias

In June of this year, an LWB team member stopped at an orphanage to pick up a little girl we were hoping to help medically. He thought it would be a fairly routine trip, as we had all the permissions already in place. While waiting for her final paperwork, he walked over to one of the orphanage cribs and saw a thin little boy who was clearly in distress.

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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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Joyce: 5 Hearts, 7 Days

Lydia had just been told that the complex heart surgery her baby girl Joyce needs to live could not be performed anywhere in all of Uganda. The hospital staff told her that she’d have to travel abroad and would have to find help on her own. Noticing her tears, a kind stranger on the street stepped carefully toward Lydia to offer a few minutes of comfort. Before stepping back into the crowd, this mysterious woman handed her a slip of paper with a phone number on it.

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Emergency Babies

Over the last 13 years, orphanages in China have learned that they can trust LWB’s Medical program when they have an emergency with a child in their care. Typically these emergencies involve babies who were recently abandoned, possibly due to medical needs that were too overwhelming or expensive for their birth families to handle and require urgent medical attention.

Jordy is one such baby. His orphanage called us in September to ask for help with a baby who was dehydrated and had a very distended stomach. In the case of dehydration in a newborn like Jordy, every minute medical care is delayed can make the difference between life and death. Read more.

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Announcing the Loving ARMs Healing Home

At one point in my life, I had four little boys aged 1-7, and so I am sure you can understand when I say that I lived with a lot of potty jokes every day. My librarian brother fueled the fire by sending them a copy of the Japanese children’s book called “Everyone Poops,” which soon became their “go to” book whenever they got to pick the story of the night. If you haven’t seen this book, it is definitely a no nonsense way of covering one of the most basic body functions, with the final summary that “All living things eat, so everybody poops.”


I think it is safe to say that anything concerning our bowels causes a wide range of reactions from people. Read more.

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Jenny, Jenny

In the 1980s, many of us sang along with Tommy Tutone: “Jenny, Jenny, you’re the girl for me. You don’t know me but you make me so happy.” Now we bring you the story of Jenny from Heartbridge Healing Home, a girl in desperate need of a family who brings happiness to all of us as we see her sweet personality emerging each month. This is her story.

A few months ago, we were contacted by an orphanage about a baby girl in their care who was extremely ill.  She had an infected colostomy, was running high fevers, and getting weaker by the day.  Read more.

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Visiting Heartbridge

A visit to our Heartbridge Healing Home is always a treat, and last month’s visit was no exception. The children there, who once were very weak and fragile, are thriving. You would never suspect from looking at and playing with these children the odds they have overcome. Attentive nannies, quality nutrition, and lots of TLC make an unbeatable combination!  Here are some of the beautiful faces from our visit.

Adrienne, seen above, babbled away to us, probably telling us about the great care she has received at Heartbridge. Read more.

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Samuel: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Samuel is an 18-month-old boy from the Guilin who was born with anal atresia. He has had surgery to intially correct the atresia but has had many problems with his colostomy scar. The scar continues to open up, allowing his intestines to protrude. He is such a sweet boy and is doing great otherwise. Being able to fix his scar will allow him to romp around with the other children without worry of injury or infection to the area. Samuel is in need of sponsors to help provide funds for this needed surgery. Every dollar counts! Sponsors will be updated periodically on his progress. Would you consider helping Samuel? If so, please visit his sponsor page!
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Hope: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

This is Baby Hope. She is only one month old and has had to fight very hard to make it this far! When she was found abandoned she was bruised and very, very jaundiced. She was also found to have a colorectal defect and needed to have surgery to install a colostomy right away to save her life. She needs to have additional surgery for her colorectal defect, and her colostomy isn’t functioning properly. In a few weeks, Hope is scheduled to be moved to Shanghai for this care when the top colorectal surgeon in the world will be at the hospital during a medical exchange.

Hope is very sweet-natured despite all she has been through but she still has a long road ahead of her. This first surgery will help Hope feel better start to grow and thrive. Please visit Hope’s sponsor page if you would like to help donate to her medical fees.
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