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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.

James and Harley 2.24.16

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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A Surgery Plan for Harley and James

Conjoined twins Harley and James have been thoroughly examined by an entire team of doctors at Fudan Children’s Hospital in Shanghai, and the final plan is now in place for their complex separation surgery this Wednesday. Their parents met yesterday with doctors from the Departments of Orthopedics, Anesthesiology, Urology, and General Surgery, and both the hopes and risks of undergoing the surgery were explained to them.

Harley and James 2.21.16

The surgery will begin at 9 a.m. on February 24th, which is 8 p.m. on Tuesday night EST in the US. Read more.

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It Takes a Community: Rh Negative Blood in China


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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The Wonderful and Amazing Gavin!

A facial cleft — a gap in the soft tissue, bone, or both that occurs during fetal development that involves not only the mouth and nose but also affects the rest of the face of a newborn — is extremely rare. The care involved to ensure the baby learns to suck and swallow without aspirating the fluid into their tiny lungs requires patience and skill.  Fortunately, LWB’s Anhui Cleft Healing Home (ACHH) provided the perfect combination of loving care and skilled caregiving needed by one very special baby named Gavin.  Here’s the story of how Gavin went from being a baby with some big health issues to the grinning, happy boy you see here!
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