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Cornelius: What Will His Future Hold?

This past month, we’ve been sharing quite a bit about baby Cornelius, a little boy who has completely grabbed onto our hearts.

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Cornelius was born with biliary atresia, a life threatening liver condition. Several weeks ago he had the Kasai Procedure, which is the only surgical option available to stop damage to his liver. This operation is successful in around 40-60% of babies. As you can see in these photos, Cornelius’s eyes and skin are still quite yellow and jaundiced post-surgery, which indicates that irreversible liver damage is still a sobering possibility. The harsh reality is that in order to live, Cornelius may need a liver transplant…and before he can have a liver transplant, he will need to be adopted internationally. Read more.

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Who Will Be In Cornelius’ Corner?

Cornelius has one of the most distressing diagnoses that we know of for an orphaned child in China:  biliary atresia.

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Biliary atresia is a life-threatening condition in which the liver’s bile ducts do not have normal openings. Without a properly functioning liver, Cornelius will need a liver transplant, something which is extremely rare for an orphaned child. Read more.

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Tater Tot

Adorable Tate (or “Tater-Tot” as we like to call him) joined us in late 2012, as a seven-month-old baby. Tate had been hospitalized initially for heart surgery, but an abnormal liver, enlarged spleen, lots of fluid in his abdomen, and a hernia needed to be addressed first.


Tate was hospitalized for several months and then discharged to LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home with a specialized formula and instructions for plenty of rest. Read more.

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