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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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Five Little Hearts Healed

Several weeks ago, five little heart patients and their parents traveled to India for their chance to receive life-saving cardiac surgery unavailable to them in Uganda. After settling in and having pre-surgery testing and consultations with the surgeons, the first child to go for surgery was Ruthie.

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Five Little Heart Patients: Settling In and Preparing for Surgery

After two long flights and a layover in Dubai, our group of five little heart patients from Uganda landed safely in Kolkata, India. Our LWB India team was so excited to welcome them! Both the parents and their children were tired from the long journey, but the gift of a little stuffed toy brought smiles to their faces.

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Five Little Heart Patients Travel from Uganda to India

Yesterday, five little Uganda heart patients boarded a plane and traveled to India to prepare for life-saving cardiac surgeries that are unavailable to them in their home country. Their parents have spent the past few months gathering medical reports, passports, visas, and taking COVID tests. We hope you’ll follow along with us for the next few weeks as we get to know these heart warriors and their stories.

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Stories of Hope: Joyce

Last February, we introduced you to a tiny toddler in desperate need of help. Little Joyce had been born with multiple medical needs. Almost immediately after birth, she was whisked away from her mom to undergo an emergency operation for anal atresia. Days later, she was diagnosed with a complex heart issue as well — an atrioventricular (AV) canal defect. This cardiac condition involves a large hole in the very center of the heart chambers, along with faulty valves. Without surgery, Joyce’s heart would eventually fail.

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Stories of Hope: Zeke

When Zeke was first found abandoned as a baby, he was in a very fragile state. He struggled to feed and then battled both pneumonia and malaria, but the LWB community helped provide the extra care and support he needed in the orphanage. Zeke slowly began gaining strength, and we celebrated every developmental milestone this gorgeous little guy made.

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Hearts Healed in Kolkata: Devon, Jeremiah, and Joyce

For ten long months, the seven Ugandan heart children have been waiting for their chance to have their hearts healed. This week, the healing began.

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The First Few Days in Kolkata

They made it! Our intrepid group of travelers from Uganda — 7 children, 6  moms, 1 aunt, 1 nurse, and 1 social worker — arrived safely in Kolkata and got settled into their apartments, which are thankfully all on the same floor and share some common areas for the children to play and for the moms to chat.

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Wheels Up! From Kampala to Kolkata

It was wheels up for seven children from Uganda today! After 10 months of anxious waiting during the COVID lockdown, multiple visa applications, canceled plane tickets, endless red tape, and medical tests, the children finally took off for India where they will now have their chance for long-awaited heart surgeries. Our group of 7 children, 6 moms, 1 aunt, 1 nurse, and 1 social worker all received their negative COVID test results in the nick of time today while they were waiting in line to check in. Phew!

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Emergency Food Relief for Buyange Village

Ever since the pandemic began, LWB has been providing emergency food relief to vulnerable children in the regions where we work. This past month, we distributed essential food supplies in the Namatumba district of Eastern Uganda.  This region has seen frequent episodes of severe hunger and childhood malnutrition and was hit last year by devastating hailstorms which destroyed hundreds of homes. Our team was determined to get critical food supplies to as many children in the Buyange village as possible. Bags of rice, beans, and corn flour were loaded onto trucks, and our team began the three-hour journey into the countryside.

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