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Uganda Pediatric Surgery Mission: Day Five

The Ugandan people are celebrated for their spirit of generosity. Did you know that Uganda accepts more people fleeing persecution and war-torn lands than any other country on earth?  Over 1.4 million refugees have found safety in her borders.  When asked why such a poverty-stricken country would continue to help others in need, most Ugandans simply answer, “Because it’s the right thing to do.” Even those who have nothing material to give still offer their abundant prayers.

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Elgin’s Story of Hope and Healing

Some of you will remember that right before Christmas 2019, newborn preemie Elgin was found in the cold. We rushed him to LWB’s partner hospital in Hefei. Baby Elgin was admitted to the Neonatal ICU (NICU) weighing just 1.3 kgs, or 2.9 pounds. After spending over a month in the hospital at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Elgin reached the “magic weight” of 4 lbs and could leave the hospital at last.

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Four New Babies

It’s been a busy few weeks for babies! We recently welcomed four new little ones to our LWB program in China. Baby Hayes was the first to arrive. He was born with Down Syndrome this summer and found himself living at an orphanage not long after his birth. His orphanage asked if we could step in to give him extra nurturing to reach key milestones, so he joined our Xiaoxian On-Site Family Care program in mid-December.

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Counting Our Blessings On the Twelve Days of Christmas: Full Tummies

On the second day of Christmas, we send the sincerest appreciation to everyone who has supported our nutrition programs this year. Many babies who come into our hands need specialized formula to survive. It is hard to believe from this photo, but little Barbara was found shortly after her birth, weighing just 1.2 kilograms. Thankfully, her orphanage called us immediately, and we were able to get her to the hospital for emergency treatment. We then arranged for her to start receiving specialized PreNan formula, made especially for premature infants. As you can clearly see, Barbara is now thriving. She is in the 50th percentile for children her age, and she is crawling everywhere. Barbara’s life was saved because someone cared enough to support her special nutritional needs. To a baby, happiness really is a full tummy. And for all of us at LWB, happiness is knowing we can help provide that gift when orphanages are in need.
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Counting Our Blessings On the Twelve Days of Christmas: Babies!

On the first day of Christmas, we at Love Without Boundaries are giving thanks for BABIES – whether they be smiley babies, loud babies, quiet babies, or more serious babies (like Marshal here). Marshal lives at our Heartbridge Pediatric Healing Unit, where he has been treated for prematurity, cataracts, and hernia surgery as well. We think he looks absolutely dashing in his new glasses and holiday hat. This season is a wonderful time to remember the famous quote by the poet Carl Sandburg:

“A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.”

Until every orphaned baby has a permanent home, let’s keep working together to touch the lives of as many children as we can. Together we can write a story of hope for those who have been abandoned – and show the world that every baby born deserves to know love.
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