Shane was born last summer with a severe bilateral cleft lip and palate. Babies born with cleft require patient feeding, preferably with special cleft bottles, in order to be able to grow and thrive. A baby with cleft doesn’t have the ability to nurse normally, as the cleft doesn’t allow for proper suction. Shane was admitted to LWB's Anhui Healing Home (AHH) at the age of one month, weighing just seven pounds.
Fortunately for Shane, he now had a home where he could get the special care needed to thrive. He quickly learned that if he cried fiercely, his nanny would bring a warm bottle of nutritious formula. It wasn’t long before Shane developed a double chin, and he often flashed bright sunny smiles at his deserving nanny. In December Shane had reached the target weight and age and was admitted to the hospital for his lip repair. His surgery was successful, and his repair was beautiful. He returned to AHH to recover and enjoy his familiar and comfortable home.
Shane has now fully recovered and will soon be ready for foster care. He has a happy, sweet, and sociable disposition and loves to interact with his nannies and the other babies. He is often seen scooting around AHH in his walker so that he can hold one of the other baby’s hands or explore on his own. Shane’s life has been completely changed by people working together to give him the gifts of healing and hope.