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Sickle Cell Anemia: Lawrence Paul

Sickle cell anemia is a hereditary disease that is passed to a child when he or she receives a sickle cell gene from each parent. It causes the child’s red blood cells to not be shaped normally as a round disc, but instead like a farmer’s sickle. These crescent-shaped cells stick together easily and can clog blood vessels, leading to severe pain which can last hours or days. Children with this condition can suffer from severe anemia and are at risk of life-threatening infections. Babies born with this condition usually start to show signs around 5-6 months of age.

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Ending the Year with Our Top Ten Photos of 2018: The Top Five

Yesterday, we shared 7 of our favorite photos from 2018. Today, we hope you’ll take a few moments to check out the best of the best — our most-loved photos of the past year.

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Ending the Year with our Top Ten Photos of 2018

Every year we sort through thousands of pictures taken in our programs over the last twelve months to come up with our Top Ten Photos. In today’s blog , we are sharing two photos that we are featuring as honorable mentions and our favorite Photos 5-10. Watch for tomorrow’s blog where we bring you the Top Five!

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Family Reunification in Uganda

Did you know that around the world, up to 90% of children living in orphanages have at least one known living parent or relative? The sad reality is that the majority of children living in institutional care have been relinquished due to immense poverty. Love Without Boundaries has always been fully committed to helping orphaned children. In countries where we work, like Cambodia and Uganda, many parents leave their children at orphanages in pure desperation from not being able to provide them with food or education.

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Twins Ana and Lisa

Sweet Ana and her twin sister Lisa came to the Mukono Baby home in January under very sad circumstances. Their mother had died soon after their birth from post-partum complications, possibly as a result of malaria. When the twins first entered the Mukono Baby Room, blood work indicated that Lisa was suffering from congenital malaria, in which the parasites are transmitted either during pregnancy or during labor. Congenital malaria can result in prematurity and slower weight gain in newborns.

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Newborn Twins Ana and Lisa Arrive at the Mukono Baby Room

In early January, we learned of twin newborn girls in Uganda whose mother passed away the day after their birth. What an enormous loss for these preemie sisters. It’s heartbreaking to think of any mom losing her life giving birth. Maternal deaths vary greatly around the world, but the highest rates are still found primarily in Africa. Uganda has made great strides in reducing maternal deaths over the last five years, but their maternal death rate is still a far too high 336 per 100,000 live births.

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The Reluctant Elves of Mukono

Santa has been looking for some new helpers, and we thought the little ones at the Mukono Baby Room might make some good elves. The children, however, don’t seem to be very excited about that idea!

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Beth, The Smile Bearer

In fall of 2016, Beth arrived at the Mukono Baby Room under very sad circumstances. Her mother left the family, and Beth’s father was unemployed and unable to provide enough for her to eat. As a result, she was severely malnourished. At one year old, she weighed just 15 pounds. We can’t show you her photo here, but we will share that her ribs were clearly visible. Thankfully, Beth has overcome her sad beginnings and has happily settled into life at the Mukono Baby Room.

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The Mukono Baby Room: Spotlight on Nutrition

UNICEF estimates that around 2.3 million children in Uganda are chronically malnourished. Indeed, the majority of children in the Mukono Baby Room came to the Tenderhearts Healing Home severely ill from malnutrition. Chronic poverty, neglect due to parental alcoholism or drug abuse, misguided beliefs about feeding practices, prematurity, loss of a parent, HIV infection or other infectious diseases, and food insecurity are all contributing factors to the issue of childhood malnutrition.

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Ella

Ella came to our Mukono Baby Room when her mother abandoned her family last fall. The only source of income for Ella’s father is burning charcoal at night, something that made it very difficult for him to care for his infant daughter. He desperately wants to parent his daughter and be a part of her life.

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