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An Update on Yong, by Amy Eldridge
Yong was recently seen at the Bayi Hospital in Beijing, to have more tests run before his very complex facial surgery. Because of his very rare condition, additional consults are needed before the final surgery plan is decided. We have connected one of the top plastic surgeons in China to the head of surgery in Beijing, and for now, Yong has now been discharged from the hospital to return to his home province while the details are discussed. Our director visited him every day in the hospital, and she said he is the kindest, most polite little boy. He was sharing a room with several other children, and he asked if he could share the toys he had been given to make them feel better as well. Yong had received a very special panda bear when he went to the zoo with his foster dad and our director the day before entering the hospital, and he had been holding it tightly ever since. However, when the little boy in the bed next to him became upset, Yong walked over and said the little boy could have his bear. What a sweet spirit Yong has! We will keep everyone updated as more details are finalized on his surgery. We know it seems like things are moving slowly, but it is only due to the complexity of the operation. We had been told that if he had traveled to L.A. for his operation, over 20 specialists would have been involved in his care.
Thanks for keeping this beautiful little boy in your thoughts and prayers as a final surgery plan is put into place!


Coming Home: Jennai's Story, by Kelly Eckert
We first met Emily a year ago, and who could forget her! She was a spunky little girl with a big personality that was dealing with multiple special needs, including three missing limbs, cleft lip, and a heart defect. Emily had her cleft lip surgery during LWB's 2012 Cleft Medical Exchange last April and then stayed at our Heartbridge Healing Home before and after her heart surgery. In December, Emily, now named Jennai, was adopted by her American family. Jennai's new mom writes:
"Thank you, again, LWB for everything you have done to help 
 Jennai get a good start in her life. She has a lot to overcome, 
 but you were there for her at a crucial time in her life to help her 
 with some of those obstacles."
Watch for a more detailed update about precious Jennai to come in LWB's Community Blog!



L.A. Marathon Recap, by Stephanie Crouch
Photos provided by Karen Yingling, LWB's Special Events Coordinator. 
On Sunday, March 17, 2013, 24 runners participated in the ASCIS LA Marathon and Two-Person Relay Teams on behalf of TeamLWB. Together they raised over $14,000 to support LWB's Medical Program! These funds will go a long way to cover the costs of life-saving surgeries for children in need. Thanks to all of the runners and those who came out to show their support! 

Be sure to check out LWB's Community Blog later for the complete rundown.



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