Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ordinary heroes

Our dedicated staff of nannies, supervisors, and volunteers work tirelessly to meet the needs of the babies. They cuddle, sing and feed bottle after bottle. They laugh, rock, soothe and change diaper after diaper. They give baths and medicines. They do endless laundry. They are there to comfort when a baby is teething and rejoice when first steps are taken. They cry tears of sadness when a little one passes away and tears of joy when a baby leaves with a loving family.

We’d like to share some photos these people - changing lives… one little child at a time.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Li Na

Baby Li Na was referred to us by a local church in another province. She was born with a serious heart defect and her parents wanted help in getting a second opinion; if specialists here confirmed her diagnosis then they asked if we would accept her for hospice care. We arranged an appointment and took them to meet some of the country’s top pediatric cardiology surgeons. After examining Li Na they confirmed that her condition was very severe and while surgery was possible, it was extremely risky and expensive. Even with the odds against them, her parents hoped to raise the money for the surgery that might save her life. However, the baby’s condition worsened rapidly and they were only able to borrow a fraction of the amount needed – it seemed there was no hope for Li Na. They asked us to love and care for her during the short time she had left to live. They returned home, heartbroken at the loss of their precious baby girl.

After Li Na had been with us for a short time, a visitor who saw her was quite moved and made a commitment to seek the funds necessary to give this baby a chance. She was admitted to the hospital in critical condition and received immediate surgery, just 4 days before Christmas. Her recovery has been very slow and her long term prognosis quite uncertain.

Yesterday she finally came out of the PICU and transferred to the regular ward. Her condition is stable and she looks so much better. It is hard to believe this is the same baby!

Her parents are overjoyed that she has been given this second chance. Her mother was involved in an accident in their hometown and is recovering from that, but as soon as she is able she will travel to Beijing to see her baby girl. We are hoping that Li Na will be able to go home with her family very soon.