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Love Without Boundaries Medical Program Update - Bringing Hope

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:01pm
LWB Medical Program - Bringing Hope
Karen Maunu
Medical Director
Having been a part of Love Without Boundaries for over three years, I have been able to see some miraculous things. My most favorite thing of all is to see the children we have helped find their families. Over the last month, I have seen more than ever, many of these children on the shared adoption list or have been contacted by families who have completed their adoptions. I just love seeing each of the children we help find their forever family....there is no greater joy.
Some of the children helped through the medical program have had some severe defect or rare disorder. These children will have a harder time finding a family.....but I feel that there is a family for every child who can have his or her paperwork submitted. We do all we can to educate orphanages about special needs and when we feel that we have done what we can to help a child, we ask the orphanage to submit a child's file. There are times that this takes some convincing....that a particular child can truly be wanted.
A few of these beautiful harder-to-place children are currently on agency lists or the shared list. One little boy was seen by Dr. Bonnie Straka in November with a very rare skin Yong disorder called XP (Xeroderma Pigmentosum). I remember Dr. Bonnie's comment when she saw him...many doctors go their whole careers without seeing this rare skin disorder. "This preschooler is just adorable and was just as sweet as can be!" We gave his orphanage lots of sunscreen, a hat, and instructions on how best to care for his skin. His name is Yong and he is from Xinxiang, Henan. I just know that there is a family to love this little guy.
Yang Another child waiting for her home is a gorgeous little girl with a complex heart condition. Yang is from Kaifeng, Henan but has been living at New Hope Foundation in both Heartbridge and then in a home within the Shunyi Foster Care Program. Yang has a single ventricle, transposition of the great arteries, and pulmonary atresia. She has had a Bidirectional Glenn and then will need a Fontan in the next year. She is doing all of the things that a 2 ½ year old should and her foster family has said how very sweet she is.
Ping is an adorable eight-year-old who is just SO sweet! She was Ping diagnosed with bone TB that has been treated, but has left her with a limp. She is also on an agency list and needs to find her family. Last year, we sent her to Shanghai Children's Medical Center where she had x-rays and an exam done. This little girl loves to play with other children and tell stories. She is a very sweet, polite little girl, with a warm smile. I have always loved the photos that we have received of her, because she loves to pose.
The last child that we have heard about that we have helped with a Xin complex heart surgery is Xin. Xin is a beautiful little boy who has also been living at Heartbridge, but was just moved downstairs at New Hope Foundation. He is originally from Shangrao, Jiangxi and will be two in September. His latest update has said that he is as active and noisy as all of the other little boys in his playroom. He loves going on walks and playing on the playground. This little boy is a fighter! Last summer, he was rushed from the care in the local hospital to Shanghai Children's Medical Center where his surgery was performed by the chief of the cardiac center. He had a very complicated surgery called a Nikaidoh procedure that corrected all of his heart defects and no more surgeries should be needed. He just needs his family now!
As I look back at all of the children we have helped medically over the past five years that Love Without Boundaries has existed, almost 1500, it is so very wonderful to think of all of the children who are home. Seeing photos of their happy, smiling faces with their loving families shows me how we can all work together to make a difference in the life of a child.
For questions about any of these great kids, contact medical@lwbmail.com.



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