Friday, March 14, 2008

A Heartbridge Graduate

Please celebrate with us today as little Yan graduates from our Heartbridge program and returns to her orphanage in preparation for her upcoming adoption! We are so very happy for Yan that she will soon have a family of her own to love her!

Here is a photo of her as a newborn when our Medical Director and I first met her in her orphanage where she was being kept in an incubator due to her size and her special need:

Yan had anal atresia surgery and needed post op care to keep her incision clean as she healed and to be sure that she did not develop any post op difficulties. She was transferred to Heartbridge in mid June, 2007 so that she could receive this one on one care to help her recover and grow strong and healthy. Under the loving care of the nannies at Heartbridge, she has done very well.

Here is a recent photo of our little graduate:

Isn’t she adorable!

Thank you so much to our sponsors! Because of you, she is now healthy and will soon have what we hope for all of the kids we help – a family!

Because every child counts,

Lori Dubbs

Heartbridge Coordinator

Thursday, March 6, 2008

A Visit To Heartbridge

During our time at New Hope Foundation, we had the opportunity to check out LWB's Heartbridge Unit and spend some time with the babies there. Many of the babies are VERY attached to their nannies, and a little shy towards strangers--at least at the beginning. By the end of our visit, most of them had warmed up to us and were willing to play. The nannies first introduced us to one little guy who is very friendly, and came right to us and snuggled in for some hugs. Miao Miao, our baby with cyclical vomiting syndrome, was feeling pretty well the first day we were there, and having a bit of a harder time on our second day. She is a content baby though, and just loves to be held!

We also got to hold each of the Rainbow Twins who are just as cute as can be. The smaller of the two was wide awake and alert for much of our visit while her sister slept sweetly and soundly nearby. The smallest one did eventually fall asleep in my arms though.