LWB’s Medical Care Program has provided surgeries and medical care for thousands of orphaned and impoverished children. Our medical program’s goal is to provide the highest quality care for the children who come into our hands.
Surgeries and medical care
LWB funds many types of surgeries and treatment, including:
- Heart surgery
- Cleft lip and palate repair
- Colorectal repairs
- Tumor and neurologic issues
- General surgeries, such as hernia repair and intestinal issues
- Preemie care
- Orthopedic care and evaluation
LWB provides surgeries for children from impoverished families through our Unity Initiative. One of the goals of this program is to help prevent future abandonment by desperate families who have no way to afford the medical care their children need.
LWB holds medical exchanges between doctors and surgeons in the United States and physicians and hospitals in the countries where we work. Our first ever cardiac exchange trip was held in May 2018 in Anhui Province, China, and our most recent cleft exchange trip was held in Gansu Province, China. Numerous cleft exchange trips have been held over the years, helping hundreds of children receive needed cleft lip and palate surgeries.
Featured success story
Tobias from China
During a visit to an orphanage in mid-2020, our in-country manager learned of a boy with untreated anal atresia. Sweet Tobias, who is now 3 1/2 years old, was laying in his crib, hardly moving. He was immediately taken to the hospital for an exam. Doctors first performed a colostomy; they then discovered a portion of his bowel needed to be removed. Tobias stayed in the hospital for a month and a half, receiving post-op care and nutritional assistance. He was eventually discharged to our healing home, where he could continue to receive specialized care for his condition.
Tobias returned to the hospital for his colostomy reversal the fall of 2020. The surgery went as expected, and, shortly afterward, he was back to playing with toys and offering shy smiles to nurses and doctors who visited. His second hospital stay lasted only three weeks, and he was once again discharged to our healing home.
Since surgery, Tobias has grown into a joyful child. His mobility has improved so much from when we first met him laying still in his crib. He is full of energy and gives big smiles to his nannies and fellow healing home residents.
We are very thankful for the generosity of our supporters that has enabled children like Tobias to have the vital surgeries and medical care needed. It has made a huge difference in Tobias’s life and has given him a much brighter future.
If you would like more information about supporting our medical care program, or if you would like to get involved as a volunteer, email our Medical Care Team!