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LWB’s 2019 Cleft Exchange – Day Five

Today was the last full day of surgeries for our team in Lanzhou, and the hospital ward was brimming with children all recovering from their cleft operations this week. Handsome Peyton It was time to say goodbye to some of the wonderful kids who had their surgeries at the start of the trip, such as […]

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LWB’s 2019 Cleft Exchange – Day Four

Day Four is a wrap, and after being taught by the Chinese hospital team how to make homemade dumplings tonight, we can update everyone with very full and happy tummies. We’ll just say we’re not going to quit our day jobs because this isn’t exactly how a traditional Chinese dumpling is supposed to look, but […]

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LWB’s 2019 Cleft Exchange – Day One

Welcome to LWB’s Cleft Trip 2019!  We’re so happy to have you following along. This year’s exchange is based in western China, in Gansu’s capital city of Lanzhou. We are honored to once again be working alongside the doctors at Gansu Provincial Hospital and can’t wait to share news and photos from this life-changing week. […]

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Safe Haven Foster Care in Cambodia

Earlier this year we introduced our newest foster care program for children in Cambodia who had been trafficked or abused. Our Safe Haven program quickly filled with children who had lived through the unthinkable, ranging in age from babies to pre-teen. Each intake form we received had a child’s story that broke our hearts, and we’ve all been so grateful to the compassionate people who’ve stepped forward to sponsor a child into a secure foster care placement. One of the first issues we faced, however, is that psychologists and counselors are few and far between in Cambodia, and the limited ones in practice are all located far from the rural region where we are working.

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Happy Year of the Sheep!

The fireworks have been going nonstop in China to celebrate the beginning of Spring Festival  (Chinese New Year 4713). In honor of the change from Horse Year to Sheep, some of the residents of our healing homes donned a pretty adorable lamb outfit, although their reactions were a wee bit mixed.


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Jillian’s Journey

Jilian 1In mid August, a tiny baby girl was found abandoned with an extremely bloated stomach.  She was taken to an orphanage in rural Anhui, and the staff there called LWB immediately. We moved her urgently to Anhui Children’s Hospital for testing, and doctors diagnosed her with severe malnutrition and blood poisoning.  They estimated her to be approximately 5 months old even though she weighed just 2 kg.  Little Jillian, as she was named by our volunteers, had a long road ahead of her to survive.  She was immediately given blood transfusions because of her extreme anemia. Read more.

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Healing Home Grads


Just as June is the month for many high school and college grads around the world, it’s also been a time of celebration for many babies in our healing homes. The last few weeks we have been called by so many orphanages with really sick babies needing one-on-one care, and so it was time for some of the children in our homes to move onto LWB foster care to make way for new arrivals.  When little Noah came into our hands as a preemie, he weighed just under four pounds at one month old.   Now topping the scales at over 16 pounds, he is settling into life with his new foster mom. Read more.

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Tiny Angels

Over Christmas, we received the heartbreaking news that three of the beautiful babies we were helping passed away. All three of these little angels had been born with heart issues, and as I have written about in the past – winter is by far the hardest time for orphaned babies with medical needs.

Today, I am giving thanks for the lives of Kaira, Quinn, and Jamison. Their lives mattered, and we are so saddened by the loss of all that was yet to be for them.

Jamison

Jamison – we learned of your loss first, and we are grieving that you were just days away from traveling to Shanghai for your surgery. We were praying so hard for you, little boy, and are so saddened that your heart simply couldn’t go on. Read more.

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