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Unity Initiative 2022: A Flurry of Hope

2022 began in a flurry of hope, thanks to supporters of our Unity Initiative. Our Unity Initiative exists to support impoverished families who are unable to provide medical care for their children.  Without this program, many families in rural China would be unable to get their children the treatment they need.

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Healing Home Transformations: Jerome and Palmer

In late 2017, an orphanage contacted us about Jerome, a tiny baby with Down syndrome who was failing to thrive. He had pressure sores on his head and was so malnourished that his stomach was distended. We rushed Baby Jerome to the hospital where he was found to have a hole in his heart. He spent two months in the hospital struggling to become strong enough for surgery. Once he did have surgery, he had a difficult recovery since he was so frail.

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Art for Hearts: Helping Children with Heart Surgeries

This week, we’re holding our first-ever Art for Hearts auction – an event where you’re invited to enjoy artwork by children in LWB programs and bid on this art to help children in China, India, and Uganda receive the heart surgeries they so desperately need.

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Four Heart Patients, Far From Home

For the past few weeks, our LWB India team has been busy welcoming and caring for four little heart patients who traveled from Africa to Amrita Hospital for surgery unavailable to them in their home countries. While the children prepare for surgery and recover, their parents stay together in the regular ward of the hospital and provide each other with moral support as they wait for their children to get their essential cardiac repairs.

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A Trio of Travelers Prepare for Heart Surgery in India

Over the past year, Love Without Boundaries has helped 18 Ugandan children with heart defects travel to India for cardiac repair surgery. There are very few pediatric heart surgeons in Uganda, and many parents are desperate to find help for their children. Now, three more children are preparing to travel to Amrita Hospital in India, and we can’t wait for you to get to know them!

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Standing with Mothers: Cleft Surgeries

Every year from 2004 to 2019, LWB sent a team of doctors overseas to help provide surgery for children born with cleft lip and palate. We’ve always been passionate about helping children born with this medical condition, and so we were of course disappointed when our 2020 cleft surgery trip to India had to be canceled due to COVID.

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Standing with Mothers: Meet Rory

All this week, we’re raising funds for our Unity Initiative, which provides essential medical care for children whose impoverished families cannot afford their surgeries. Today we’d like to introduce you to nine-month-old Rory, whose life now depends on the kindness of strangers.

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Our Newest Cardiac Initiative: India (Part II)

In India, the need for cardiac care for children is almost overwhelming. Congenital heart disease is responsible for 28 percent of all congenital birth defects, making it the most common congenital disorder. According to a report by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP), approximately one-fifth of the over 200,000 born with congenital heart disease require an intervention to survive their first year of life. Around 80,000 children die in India every year because of heart defects. You can see why we were so anxious to get started helping children through our special new partnership with Amrita Hospital.

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Our Newest Cardiac Initiative: India (Part I)

In India, over 200,000 children are born each year with congenital heart defects. More than 70,000 of those children need intervention during their first year of life. A majority of families in India make just enough money to survive from day to day. So, when a child is born with a heart defect and the family learns of the cost of the required surgery, imagine the devastation and heartache felt when that sum is unattainable. Money should never be the reason that a child does not get a chance at life.

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Share Your Heart With Jackson

Learning that their son had a serious, life-threatening heart defect that would require open-heart surgery was a complete surprise for Jackson’s parents. Their three-year-old looks so healthy that it was difficult to accept. If Jackson doesn’t receive the partial AV canal repair he needs, his heart will fail.

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