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Harley and James Prepare for Their Final Surgery

Twins Harley and James were born conjoined in October of 2015 in southern Guangdong Province. Harley and James’s parents were extremely young, and the cost of providing the specialized medical care their new babies required was completely out of their reach. They faced other obstacles as well, as hospitals in their region refused to take the case because of the family’s poverty. Unwilling to give up, the family traveled to Shanghai where they heard that other conjoined twins had been successfully separated. This is where LWB became a part of their story.

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A Final Surgery for Harley and James

In early 2016, we learned about twin boys who were born conjoined at their pelvis area.  Harley and James shared one liver but had two bladders and four kidneys. They lived with their 20-year-old parents in a small village in rural Guizhou. The operation to separate them was expected to be extremely complex and costly — completely out of reach for this impoverished family to borrow or pay.

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A Look Back: Final Medical Program Highlights for 2016

As we bring you highlights from the final months of 2016, we want you to know that your love and support has made it possible for children in three different countries to feel better, smile more, and dare to hope for their futures.


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Celebrating the Dads Who Touch Our Hearts

On Father’s Day in the US, many of us reflect on childhood memories with our father. Some of us are fortunate enough to spend Father’s Day surrounded by our family, making memories we hope will last for years to come. Fatherhood is definitely a privilege worthy of celebration.

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As a Board Member of LWB, I have been blessed to witness a number of men show me what it truly means to be a father. Read more

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A Lunch Date With Harley and James

Harley and James, the formerly conjoined twins, were treated to lunch this week by some of our wonderful volunteers in Shanghai! Their mission? To delivery a very special package from a 96-year-old grandmother in Missouri. Read more.

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Unity In Action

Our Unity Initiative has seen a lot of action this past month! We thought now would be a good time to provide some updates on the families that we have committed to helping.

It’s now been two months since conjoined twins Harley and James had their separation surgery, and they are doing wonderfully.  Last week, their parents and grandmother brought them to the hospital in Shanghai for clubfoot repair.
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Blanket Delivery from Ireland for Harley and James

The story of conjoined twins Harley and James and their successful separation surgery has captured the hearts and minds of people around the world.  Several weeks ago, we told you the story of a group of Irish schoolgirls who made a blanket to auction off to raise funds for the twins, “SoRoZo: Nine-Year-Old Leaders of Hope“.  The person who won the quilt was none other than our very own Healing Homes Director, Julie Flynn Coleman, and she planned to donate the quilt to the boys.  Since their separation surgery was successful and Harley and James are now two separate boys, the schoolgirls decided to make another quilt so that they could each have their own.

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This past weekend, LWB volunteer Sherri Cox took the twins’ parents and grandmother out to lunch in a restaurant in Shanghai to check on the boys and deliver the blankets to them. Read more.

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Relief

Look who was wide awake and out of the ICU when LWB volunteer Sherri visited the twins today — sweet baby James!

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James was extremely happy and interactive. It’s almost like he wants to reach out to everyone who helped him and his family to say, “Look at me! I’m feeling good!” Read more.

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SoRoZo: Nine-Year-Old Leaders of Hope

Several weeks ago, I attended our Irish Chinese New Year celebration in Galway, Ireland. This annual event is run by the Irish Chinese Contact Group (ICCG) which has been a wonderful supporter of Love Without Boundaries. Early last month, I heard that Sophie, Roisin and Zoe, all age 9, were going to run a stall at the Chinese new Year event to raise funds for conjoined twins, Harley and James.

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Of course I had seen a photo of the beautiful blanket made in class by fellow students and couldn’t wait to meet the girls. Read more.

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James and Harley’s Separation Surgery

Joined together since birth, James and Harley are now separate little boys following their complex surgery yesterday at Children’s Hospital of Fudan University in Shanghai.

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The twins’ separation surgery began on Wednesday morning. Imagine their young parents’ feelings of fear, excitement, and hope as they watched their babies be taken away for this long-awaited surgery. Read more.

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