LWB Community Blog


Standing with Mothers: Cleft Surgeries

Every year from 2004 to 2019, LWB sent a team of doctors overseas to help provide surgery for children born with cleft lip and palate. We’ve always been passionate about helping children born with this medical condition, and so we were of course disappointed when our 2020 cleft surgery trip to India had to be canceled due to COVID.

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Standing with Mothers: Meet Rory

All this week, we’re raising funds for our Unity Initiative, which provides essential medical care for children whose impoverished families cannot afford their surgeries. Today we’d like to introduce you to nine-month-old Rory, whose life now depends on the kindness of strangers.

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Our Newest Cardiac Initiative: India (Part II)

In India, the need for cardiac care for children is almost overwhelming. Congenital heart disease is responsible for 28 percent of all congenital birth defects, making it the most common congenital disorder. According to a report by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP), approximately one-fifth of the over 200,000 born with congenital heart disease require an intervention to survive their first year of life. Around 80,000 children die in India every year because of heart defects. You can see why we were so anxious to get started helping children through our special new partnership with Amrita Hospital.

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Our Newest Cardiac Initiative: India (Part I)

In India, over 200,000 children are born each year with congenital heart defects. More than 70,000 of those children need intervention during their first year of life. A majority of families in India make just enough money to survive from day to day. So, when a child is born with a heart defect and the family learns of the cost of the required surgery, imagine the devastation and heartache felt when that sum is unattainable. Money should never be the reason that a child does not get a chance at life.

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Share Your Heart With Jackson

Learning that their son had a serious, life-threatening heart defect that would require open-heart surgery was a complete surprise for Jackson’s parents. Their three-year-old looks so healthy that it was difficult to accept. If Jackson doesn’t receive the partial AV canal repair he needs, his heart will fail.

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Share Your Heart With Luke

When little Luke was having breathing difficulties that were not improving, it was assumed that he had pneumonia. Upon examination, doctors soon realized that his labored breathing was a symptom of something far more serious. Their six-month-old baby boy’s struggle to breathe was due to a significant problem with his tiny heart.

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Three Months After Heart Surgery: A Joyful Update

The last time we wrote about these six precious children, they had arrived home to Uganda following heart repair surgeries in India just in time for Christmas. We are so excited to share with you how each of them has been doing since their heart surgeries in India three months ago. They are all growing and thriving!

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Five Little Hearts Healed

Several weeks ago, five little heart patients and their parents traveled to India for their chance to receive life-saving cardiac surgery unavailable to them in Uganda. After settling in and having pre-surgery testing and consultations with the surgeons, the first child to go for surgery was Ruthie.

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Five Little Heart Patients: Settling In and Preparing for Surgery

After two long flights and a layover in Dubai, our group of five little heart patients from Uganda landed safely in Kolkata, India. Our LWB India team was so excited to welcome them! Both the parents and their children were tired from the long journey, but the gift of a little stuffed toy brought smiles to their faces.

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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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