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Five Little Heart Patients Travel from Uganda to India

Yesterday, five little Uganda heart patients boarded a plane and traveled to India to prepare for life-saving cardiac surgeries that are unavailable to them in their home country. Their parents have spent the past few months gathering medical reports, passports, visas, and taking COVID tests. We hope you’ll follow along with us for the next few weeks as we get to know these heart warriors and their stories.

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Hearts Healed in Kolkata: Devon, Jeremiah, and Joyce

For ten long months, the seven Ugandan heart children have been waiting for their chance to have their hearts healed. This week, the healing began.

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Wheels Up! From Kampala to Kolkata

It was wheels up for seven children from Uganda today! After 10 months of anxious waiting during the COVID lockdown, multiple visa applications, canceled plane tickets, endless red tape, and medical tests, the children finally took off for India where they will now have their chance for long-awaited heart surgeries. Our group of 7 children, 6 moms, 1 aunt, 1 nurse, and 1 social worker all received their negative COVID test results in the nick of time today while they were waiting in line to check in. Phew!

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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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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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Springtime for Roberta

Roberta has been a resident of LWB foster care and on-site family care off and on since she was 4 years old and has been eligible for adoption for many years. We have just learned that there is a family hoping to bring her home at last!

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Lianah: 5 Hearts, 7 Days

Lianah’s mom has never been out of Africa, or even Uganda, but she is ready with her brand-new passport.  The prospect of traveling outside her country is a frightening one, but Robinah is ready and willing. Her daughter, Lianah, has a very fragile heart.  She just turned one, but at 14.5 pounds, she simply is not gaining enough weight. Her breathing is heavy and labored. She’s in urgent need of surgery.

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Devon: 5 Hearts, 7 Days

Her eyes caught mine and I told her what I saw.  A brave mother who’d never stopped fighting for her daughter’s life no matter how complicated her needs. Tears pooled in Devon’s mom’s eyes.  Tears of relief, weariness, fear, and hope. Nancy is the single mom of three, and it has not been easy without the help of a husband and father.

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Auden

Over Christmas, my kids had a laugh-filled night remembering some of the rare times I’d gone “full Mama Bear” when they were being bullied. I kept shaking my head and telling them they were highly exaggerating the actual facts, but inside I was happy that they definitely seemed to know I’d be there for them no matter what. That’s the beauty of a caring family, isn’t it? That we’d do everything possible to help each other in times of need.

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Four New Babies

It’s been a busy few weeks for babies! We recently welcomed four new little ones to our LWB program in China. Baby Hayes was the first to arrive. He was born with Down Syndrome this summer and found himself living at an orphanage not long after his birth. His orphanage asked if we could step in to give him extra nurturing to reach key milestones, so he joined our Xiaoxian On-Site Family Care program in mid-December.

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