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Counting Down Our Top Ten Photos of 2011: Peeking Out

Number three in our Top Ten Photos of 2011 is preciouis Yi. Baby Yi is part of our nutrition program in the Guangdong Province. She is a very sweet baby with a mild personality who loves to smile when her nannies tickle her. Yi was born with thalassemia, and she needs to go to the hospital for blood transfusions once a month.

We love this beautiful photo of her peeking out of her crib. Her nanny says she loves to be held most of all… and we think very few people could resist picking up such a beautiful little girl. We hope that a family will choose baby Yi in 2012 so that she can continue receiving the medical care she will need long-term.

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In the interest of adoption, LWB Community will be profiling some waiting children whose orphanages have asked for help in finding families for them. However, we do want to be clear that these children are not in LWB programs, and we have no personal knowledge of them.

Three years ago, a passerby found Kate wandering a mountain park in southern China. She was ten years old, dressed in a pink coat and pants, and all alone. At barely 50 pounds, with a greenish-yellow cast to her skin, she seemed weak and small for her age. The stranger contacted the police. After an unsuccessful search for her birth family, they sent her to the Children’s Welfare Institute. At the institute, Kate was found to have severe anemia caused by beta thalassemia, a genetic blood disorder. After a blood transfusion, both her health and appetite improved. Her youthful color came back to her skin, and she showed more spirit and energy. She sang songs and drew pictures of the sun and moon, of stars and flowers. She seemed shy, but happy.
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Wendy: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Sweet little Wendy is seventeen months old and from Henan Province. When Wendy first came to the attention of LWB-Medical, her orphanage suspected she had anemia but her test results were confusing. We sent her to a large hospital in Chengdu for more specialized testing. From these tests, we found out that Wendy has been diagnosed with a very rare type of thalassemia (an inherited condition that affects the blood). Wendy needs monthly blood transfusions in order to live.

Wendy is a very sick baby who is in need of help. She needs $1000 to provide her with transfusions for 3 months, as well as travel costs and care to and from the hospital.  To help contribute to her medical costs, please visit her sponsor page.
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Special Needs Adoption

Every day in our work with orphaned children, we have one hope for the great kids we help — ADOPTION. Whether it is domestic or international, we know that no humanitarian aid program in the world can completely change the life of a child the way a permanent and loving family can. Because of this, we are passionate about adoption advocacy. Did you know that last year special needs adoptions made up 50% of all of the adoptions from China? And yet for all of 2009, that means only 1500 children with special needs found homes.

Right now, on the main special needs list from the CCAA, there are over 1500 Chinese children waiting right at this moment for someone to choose them as their son or daughter. That list can be overwhelming to a lot of people, especially if you just read a line that says “Mei, age 5, Hepatitis B” or “Kai, age 2, limb deformity”. For a lot of people, it is easier to focus on the special need they read than the fact that every line on the shared list is a CHILD waiting for someone to believe in them.
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