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Stories of Hope: Frannie

We first met four-year-old Frannie back in June. This sweet little girl had been born with a large Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) in her heart. With this medical condition, blood flows through the lower chambers of the heart into the lungs, forcing them to work harder. Over time, a large VSD can lead to the development of pulmonary hypertension, stroke, and sadly even heart failure. Frannie’s mom had written an emotional letter to LWB asking for help for her daughter. She told us that Frannie had been weak since birth, prone to fevers and colds, and often needing to be rushed to the hospital when she fell ill. When a doctor finally told the mom this year that Frannie had a heart defect, she said that her world fell apart.

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Lianah: 5 Hearts, 7 Days

Lianah’s mom has never been out of Africa, or even Uganda, but she is ready with her brand-new passport.  The prospect of traveling outside her country is a frightening one, but Robinah is ready and willing. Her daughter, Lianah, has a very fragile heart.  She just turned one, but at 14.5 pounds, she simply is not gaining enough weight. Her breathing is heavy and labored. She’s in urgent need of surgery.

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Angie

Angie and her parents will celebrate her first birthday in October.  She was born with ventricular septal defect (VSD) – commonly called a “hole in the heart”.

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The hole in Angie’s heart is big enough that her heart is working too hard and she is developing pulmonary hypertension. Read more.

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Laurie: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

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Laurie came to LWB’s attention when she was two months old because of a pretty serious heart defect. She was admitted to our Heartbridge Healing Home so she could be closely monitored while she gained weight to qualify for her heart surgery. Read more.

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Josie: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Sweet Josie’s very large ventricular septal defect (VSD) heart defect needs to be repaired fairly soon. At just five months old, her life is just beginning, and she has such a bright future after her heart is repaired. One day we may read about her winning the lead role in a major ballet production or finding a cure for cancer. Or perhaps Josie will choose to be a teacher or engineer. While we do not know what desires are in her little heart, our desire for her is that she will have a healthy heart, find her forever family, and have the opportunity to pursue her dreams. Read more.

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