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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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Superhero Phillip

Phillip has the energy and strength of a baby superhero!

Phillip superhero 3.28.16

His superpower must be to make everyone fall in love with him at first sight. (We know that many of us already have!) Read more.

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Arthur’s Heart Surgery

Earlier this week, we introduced you to little Arthur who had just arrived at the hospital in Shanghai.

Arthur sleeping 3.14.16

Born with a very serious heart defect called pulmonary atresia which meant that he wasn’t getting enough oxygen in his blood, Arthur’s lips and hands appeared blue. Read more.

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Love For Conjoined Twins Harley and James

Conjoined twins Harley and James have been released from the hospital to wait until the full amount of funds have been raised for their surgery. As of now, the surgery to separate the boys is scheduled to occur at Fudan University Children’s Hospital in Shanghai on February 17 if funding is in place — right after the end of the Chinese New Year celebration.

conjoined twins with grandma

Harley and James’ parents are from a remote farming village in Guizhou, which is a long journey from Shanghai. After the boys were discharged from the hospital, their parents traveled with them to Guangxi province, to stay while they wait for news about the surgery.  To save money, they found a house that is scheduled to be demolished, and they will live there until Chinese New Year is over.
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Out of Despair, a Chance for Hope

LWB’s Unity Fund began several years ago to provide critical medical care to children living in extreme poverty. Usually in this program, the government provides a portion of the surgery funds, the parents provide a portion, and then LWB provides the remaining funds needed for a child to receive surgery. We have said before that the families who contact us for this program are always desperate, and many times when our team members in China hear their stories, their hearts are burdened. Today we want to introduce you to a little boy named Ye Yu, whose father wrote us a letter this past weekend begging for help for his son.
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