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Guatemalan baby in hospital

The Red Thread To Baby Diana

An ancient Chinese proverb says that "an invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break.” LWB's newest cardiac initiative has begun this week in Guatemala with our very first baby who is in urgent need of heart surgery. The red threads of this story began several months ago when we were introduced to an amazing group of pediatric cardiologists who have created a state-of-the-art cardiac center at the UNICAR hospital in Guatemala City. Recently, our team was able to tour the facility ...
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Smiling boy with Down syndrome

7 Lives, 7 Days: Adrian and Jamal

Adrian and Jamal are two extra-special boys from Uganda with Down syndrome. Both just one year old, these sweet little guys need to travel to India for their life-saving heart surgeries, and we need your help to make it happen during this week's 7 Lives, 7 Days campaign! Little Adrian's family learned of his heart condition when he developed difficulty breathing as a young infant. At that time, he was diagnosed with both Down syndrome and an atrioventricular canal (AV canal) defect requiring surgery. Adrian's devoted parents have worked tirelessly to find help for their son. Leaving no stone unturned, ...
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Uganda girl in white Tshirt

7 Lives, 7 Days: Patience

Sweet, somber Patience is just one year old. Patience and her twin sister are the youngest of five siblings. The five children and their mother live in a small, one-room house in rural Uganda. Patience and her sister were born during difficult times -- the COVID lockdowns. Patience was born with a cleft lip. Shortly after birth, she was also diagnosed with a heart condition called a ventricular septal defect (VSD). Upon learning that his daughter had a heart condition requiring surgery, Patience's father believed his daughter was cursed. He abandoned his family, leaving them to survive on their own, ...
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7 Lives, 7 Days: George and Ezra

Just six months old, precious George has a serious condition called Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA). 90% of children with TGA will die before one year of age if they do not receive the necessary medical treatment. It is critically important that George receives heart repair surgery very soon before he becomes inoperable and misses his chance at healing. He's one of 7 children waiting to have their life-saving heart surgeries funded this week during our 7 Lives, 7 Days campaign. George's parents have exhausted all their resources, including money they raised from family members, trying to provide for ...
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Girl from Uganda sitting on lap

100 Children Wait For Hernia Surgeries

This week, we are working to raise the funds for 100 hernia repair surgeries for children in Uganda. Some have been waiting for most of their lives for healing, and next week they will finally have their chance at LWB's Mission To Heal, our second hernia mission. Children make up 50% of the population in Uganda, and it is estimated that up to 20% of them need some sort of surgical care. With only eight pediatric surgeons in the entire country, it can be difficult for families to find quality surgeons to help their children. In addition to the limited ...
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Baby in Guatemala with cleft lip

Cleft Lip and Palate in Guatemala: Baby Ana

Less than one month ago, Baby Ana was born with unilateral cleft lip and palate in Guatemala. Ana's mother, Doña Gloria, was concerned and distressed when she first saw her baby. For the first two days after giving birth, Gloria felt desperate because she did not know how to feed her newborn daughter. When Ana cried, Gloria cried along with her. Gloria thought that Ana must be hungry, but she was unsure how to feed her due to her cleft lip and open palate. She wet a towel with water, squeezed out the excess, and rubbed it over her baby's ...
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Cleft Bottles and Formulas for Babies like Zack

Cleft Bottles and Formulas for Babies like Zack

All this week, we are raising critical funds to provide nutrition for babies born with cleft as we prepare to send a surgery team to Guatemala later this year. We are working side-by-side with Partners in Surgery to make sure every baby who comes to see our team for a repair will qualify for surgery. One of the babies waiting for his lip operation is tiny little Zack. Zack and his family live in the hills of rural Guatemala in a home without electricity or running water. His mom must use candles at night in an attempt to light the darkness.  ...
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Guatemala baby with cleft lip

Preparing for Our Cleft Trip to Guatemala

LWB has always been passionate about helping babies and children born with cleft lip and palate. Since 2004, we've sent international medical teams to China and Cambodia to perform life-changing surgeries for children born with this medical need. Now, we're excited to announce that plans are being made to send a medical team to Guatemala later in 2022! The Guatemalan Ministry of Health estimates that cleft lip and palate account for 15% of all reported congenital anomalies in the country. Rural Guatemala is extremely impoverished, and poverty presents numerous additional challenges for families with cleft-affected babies and children. Malnutrition is ...
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Archie's Adoption

Archie’s Adoption

In 2017, an eight-day-old newborn named Archie joined our Cambodia foster care program. He was handed to wonderful foster parents who were already fostering two older children. Quickly, Baby Archie won their hearts, and the entire family found themselves in love with this precious baby boy. They celebrated birthdays with him... And took him to the swimming pool to play and help him get comfortable being in the water. Archie's older foster siblings, Ivy and Orion, doted on him -- and Archie followed them everywhere. They made a terrific threesome! Several years ago, Archie's foster parents began the process to ...
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A Glimpse into our Cambodia Education Program

A Glimpse into our Cambodia Education Program

Where we work in Cambodia, the number of children living at the local landfill has risen exponentially. We have been doing everything we can to make sure the older children moving to the landfill have a chance to begin or continue their education. As you can imagine, many of the older children are reluctant to attend school for the first time as they are embarrassed about having to start in kindergarten or first grade. Our solution? We've opened a special "catch-up class" for older kids so they could learn with their peers. Each morning, our LWB tuk-tuk brings the students ...
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