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
Palmer from China
Palmer is a gorgeous 2 1/2-year-old little boy who was born with Down Syndrome, Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), and hypothyroidism. We first met Palmer when he was a month old and urgently needed cardiac surgery to repair his TOF. He had his cardiac surgery in October 2018 and then was discharged to our China Healing Home. Palmer struggled with eating, and his breathing was not good. He was readmitted to hospital with pneumonia a couple of months post surgery and had to be fed with a NG tube. He was in the hospital for three weeks before returning to the healing home. After his return, Palmer started to gain strength and his appetite improved.
Palmer developed further breathing problems in April 2019 and was rushed back to hospital. It was found that his rib cage was not healing properly following his cardiac surgery, and he had developed a funnel chest, which was affecting his heart and lungs. Palmer required major surgery to insert a metal structure into his chest to support his rib cage. Palmer was in the hospital for another three weeks before being discharged.
After returning to the healing home, Palmer has thrived other than a setback where he was admitted to the hospital in September 2019 due for a fever and viral infection. Fortunately he has not had any hospital admissions since then. Palmer continues to get stronger, put on weight, and has a wonderful smile. He will need further surgery to remove the metal structure in his chest in the future.
We are very thankful for the generosity of our supporters that has enabled children like Palmer to have the vital surgeries and medical care needed. It has made a huge difference to Palmer’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!