LWB Medical Care Program
Our medical care program
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, with the ultimate hope that it will allow them to be chosen for adoption.
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 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.
LWB provides medical care for children from impoverished families through our Unity Initiative. One of the goals of this program, particularly in China and India, is to help prevent future abandonment by desperate families who have no way to provide the medical care their children need.
LWB's Cardiac Initiative serves children and families dealing with congenital heart disease in all our country programs around the world. Our hope and goal is to create the most compassionate and caring global cardiac program, to establish centers of medical excellence for cardiac repair, and to ensure that ever child and family touched by a broken heart know that they are seen, they are not alone, and there is always hope.
Featured success story
Winnie from China
Winnie is the 2-year-old beloved daughter of an impoverished family in China. Her parents work far from home as migrant workers, and her grandparents pitch in to help care for her. After suffering from repeated bouts of pneumonia, Winnie was diagnosed with a Ventricular Septal Defect. Her mother stopped working and returned home to be with her daughter when her health worsened, which drastically reduced the family’s income. Coupled with the high cost of Winnie’s medical care, this quickly depleted the family’s savings. They borrowed money from family and friends to continue to pay for Winnie’s medications. When Winnie once again became ill and was urgently rushed to the doctor, surgery was recommended to close the VSD as soon as possible. The cost of the surgery was insurmountable for Winnie’s family. They applied to LWB’s Unity Initiative for help, and we were able to say yes right away.
Winnie arrived at the hospital for preoperative testing, and the results showed that the VSD was only one part of the story. Winnie had not only a VSD, but Tetralogy of Fallot, a complex heart defect, requiring a more extensive surgery. Her doctors ordered further testing and made a surgery plan for the more complicated surgery. The day of surgery finally arrived, and Winnie was taken back to the OR while her family waited anxiously. The surgery went great, and, while she did have some fevers in the days following, Winnie was back up and about ten days later. After a few more days of observation, Winnie was able to leave the hospital with her family, who are so grateful that their daughter is now healed.