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Welcoming Wyatt and Nikolas to our Healing Home

In late January, a premature baby boy was abandoned and brought to an orphanage.  He was clearly experiencing breathing distress and was rushed several hours away to the provincial capital by ambulance. Upon arrival, he needed to be placed immediately on a ventilator. Thankfully, Wyatt showed us his grit by only needing specialized breathing support for a few days. We were then able to see his precious face more clearly.

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New Challenges

I ended Friday’s blog by saying that the shift in orphanage populations has significantly changed the responsibilities of nannies over the years. A decade ago, the nannies were caring for 10-15 children at a time in the main baby rooms….but on the whole, these were primarily “healthy” babies. Now they are often caring for the same number of children, but ones who have medical needs. Their jobs can be difficult indeed. I will never forget walking into a rural orphanage in a western province and seeing a nanny thread a worn looking rubber tube down the throat of a baby with cleft.

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Birth Defects

The first two reasons for the shift in orphanage populations in China are both positive ones – an evolving attitude towards girls and the sharp increase in domestic adoption. The third major reason, however, is quite sad.

Birth defects in China have risen 70% in the last decade. (See Source 1). Mr. Jiang Fan, of the National Population and Family Planning Commission stated that birth defects now affect one in ten households in China, with a child being born every 30 seconds with a medical need. Read more.

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