Sunday, December 31, 2023

Miracles in Motion

Just Arrived

This December, we would like to share a little about a baby girl named M, who was born prematurely with a cleft lip and palate.
With Nanny

M was born at about 31 weeks gestation and weighed a little over 3 lbs (1450 g) when she came to the orphanage. She spent a few weeks in the NICU while her lungs matured, and then she discharged back to our home. Little M is an excellent eater who adapted easily to the special cleft feeding bottle and began to gain weight quickly! Last month she was finally big and strong enough for her cleft lip repair surgery.
Before Surgery

Although she still exhibits some developmental delays, M is catching up quickly. Even as she recovers from her recent surgery, her nanny is working with her every day to help her develop the head control and the strength she will need to roll over and begin to sit. She loves to be held and cuddled and rewards everyone around her with frequent smiles. Her orphanage has begun to consider a domestic adoption placement for her, so we are hopeful that it will not be long until she has a family of her own! Thank you for being part of M's story.

After Surgery

Sunday, December 10, 2023

A Heartwarming Christmas Celebration

The spirit of Christmas arrived early at our Beijing Medical Home, bringing joy and smiles to the faces of its amazing children. The festivities began as a group of dedicated volunteers, brimming with enthusiasm, organized a delightful Christmas party. This home, nestled with love and care, is where five wonderful children, each with unique medical needs, find healing and support.

 

Amidst twinkling lights and festive d├ęcor, the children eagerly dove into the holiday spirit. With laughter echoing through the room, they decorated a Christmas tree, each ornament a testament to their creativity and joy.

 
 
Next, the joyous atmosphere intensified as presents were unwrapped, filling the room with excitement and gratitude. The volunteers had prepared unique gifts for each child. 

   

Lastly, the children relished treats, savoring every bite, their happiness illuminating the room.

  

 

For these children, the true magic of the season lay in the love and warmth shared among friends, nannies, and volunteers. Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas!