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Kinley: A Heart That Can’t Wait

For baby Kinley, every day matters. She is in a short window of time when a complicated heart surgery could save her life. If too much time passes, too many days go by without repairing her heart defect, she will most likely not survive.

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Transposition of the Great Arteries: Baby Nina

Abandoned within the first two weeks of her life, Nina is a newborn with a very complex set of issues in her heart. Her orphanage noticed that she was suffering from breathing distress as well as malnutrition and dehydration, and they called to ask for our help. Once we move Nina to a nearby hospital for an evaluation, doctors discovered that she was born with a severe TGA heart defect. TGA stands for “Transposition of the Great Arteries” and is a rare and extremely serious condition in which the two arteries that leave the heart are reversed, or transposed. This condition can lead to low oxygen levels which in Nina’s case resulted in breathing distress.

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Hooray for Heidi

In early spring of 2013, we received a call from an orphanage in Jiangxi province. They had admitted a tiny baby girl with complex heart disease who was fighting for her life.  We immediately made plans to move the baby (whom we named Heidi) to one of the top pediatric heart hospitals in China.  Most of the babies we move out of province travel by train, but in this case Heidi was just too fragile.  It was arranged for her to go by private car, with both an IV and oxygen bag, as her situation was truly critical.

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Bran’s Heart

Without a doubt, February 14th has come to be synonymous with candy, love, and hearts. Whether you are anxiously awaiting this Friday or dreading everything about the day of love, we at LWB want to tell you about a very special little boy whose heart issues need all the love we can give.

Baby Bran

Little Bran was found last April with a box of medicine beside him and a note that he had congenital heart disease. Read more.

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Meet Heidi

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Last spring LWB was contacted by an orphanage in Jiangxi Province that had taken in a new baby with complex congenital heart disease. This little girl was born with Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA), which occurs when the two main arteries going out of the heart—the pulmonary artery and the aorta—are switched in position. The orphanage was very concerned about the health of this baby girl, but thanks to our wonderful supporters she was able to be moved almost immediately to Shanghai for open heart surgery. Read more.

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Branson: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Branson was born with complex heart defects, including Transposition of the Great Arteries, Pulmonary Atresia, Complete Endocardial Cushion Defect, VSD, and ASD. Branson has spent the past two months at an LWB healing home, receiving specialized care, with a tentative surgery date scheduled for August. However he has recently been experiencing episodes of severe breathing distress when the weather gets hot and oppressive, or when he cries. His doctors advise that he have surgery immediately.

Through the generosity of our supporters, nearly $9,000 has already been raised for Branson’s surgery, with a little over $2,200 remaining needed. Read more.

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Levi: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

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Levi was born with Complete Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA) and came to us just days old and very blue. Very likely his parents abandoned him in the hope that he could receive the surgery he needs in order to survive. After being evaluated at Hefei Cardiac Hospital, the doctors felt his surgery needed to be done at about 20 days old for an optimal outcome. But then little Levi struggled to eat, and the doctors decided his surgery needed to be done immediately. The surgery lasted five hours, and Levi was stable when moved to the PICU for recovery. Levi is showing gradual improvement, but the next few days are very critical for him. You can be a part of Levi’s healing by making a donation in any amount. Read more.

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Darling Darcy: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

An orphanage in Shandong recently contacted LWB’s Medical Team to ask for our help with three children in their care who have serious heart defects. One of those sweet children is Darcy.

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Darcy’s heart echo indicates a complex heart defect called Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA), along with other complicating factors. Darcy is almost two years old; so the sooner she can receive this surgery, the better her quality of life and the more on track her development will be. Read more.

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