Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Transformation Tuesday: Hallie

A sweet little girl arrived last December in need of surgery for a cardiothoracic malformation. Hallie (Celeste at the time) was just two months old and we loved getting to know and cuddling this sweet little girl.

Soon after arriving Hallie was able to have the surgery she needed and her recovery began. It was evident that she was a joyful girl and when she smiled it filled her whole face.

It is amazing to look back and see how much Hallie has grown. From a teeny tiny baby to an almost toddler who is full of adventures and can't be stopped.

Her silly faces and crazy hair never cease to bring a smile to anyone who sees her.

Each and every day she grows more, learns more, and brings more joy to those around her.

Soon Hallie will leave for her next big adventure, joining her forever family. We'll miss this sweet girl but are honored to have played a part in her story.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Ronan's Amazing Story

Three-month-old Ronan came to New Day Foster Home because he had been diagnosed with a serious heart condition; he needed surgery that his orphanage was not able to provide. When he was four months old, we took him in for a checkup to arrange his heart surgery; they said that he was too young for surgery and that we should wait. After another four months, further tests showed that his pulmonary arteries were very under developed, so again the hospital refused to do heart surgery.

In April of 2016, a year after Ronan had arrived, we took him back to the hospital, and then to a different hospital; both said they were not able to operate because of the condition of his Pulmonary arteries. We were told that we should wait until he was two years old.
At this point, Karen was able to consult with a surgeon in the US, a renowned cardiologist. His advice was to do surgery now. He said that Ronan was a candidate for surgery and delaying it would cause irreparable damage to his heart. There would be no real improvement in his oxygen levels post-surgery, but doing the surgery he recommended would give Ronan the opportunity to have further successful surgery in the future.
The problem was that every hospital we checked with refused to do the surgery, they said it was too high risk. Without surgery Ronan’s chance of survival was low. He desperately needed surgery as soon as possible. We needed to find a brave, skillful and compassionate surgeon who was willing to take the risk and take on Ronan’s case.
Our medical director contacted a surgeon at Bayi Children’s Hospital, and he agreed to take on Ronan’s case. In September, Ronan was admitted to the hospital.
It was a grueling, complicated, eight-hour surgery. Afterwards, the surgeon was so exhausted that he wasn’t even able to speak to us to report back on how it had gone. His assistant told us that they had been forced to change plans half-way through the surgery. They were not optimistic about the speed of Ronan’s recovery; with a similar case the previous year, the little girl had stayed in the ICU for over a month and eventually needed a trach in order to come off of the ventilator.

After just two days, Ronan was out of the ICU. Just nine days after the surgery, he was discharged from the hospital and back at New Day. The surgeon was so surprised! He said that it was worth all the hard work in the operating room. He told us that he actually likes to take on the serious cases that no-one else was willing to accept, and thanked us for trusting him with Ronan’s heart.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Give for George

When George arrived a few weeks ago we knew he would need major heart surgery, and that he needed it soon.  It seemed risky, but there was no other choice but to say yes to loving and caring for this precious little boy.

George's life saving surgery is estimated to cost about $15,000. That may seem like a huge amount of money, but we have seen surgeries funded in the past, and believed that George's surgery would be provided for as well.

At the same time a donor contacted us wondering if we would be interested in running a matching gift campaign. Knowing that George's surgery would be costly we excitedly said yes.

What does this mean?

Every gift up to $5,000 will be doubled! That means if $5,000 is donated for George's surgery we will have raised $10,000 of the $15,000 he needs! (lack of funding will not delay George's surgery)

You may think, I don't have much to give. What we know, is every little bit adds up, especially now when $10 becomes $20, $50 becomes $100, and $100 becomes $200!

To donate CLICK HERE

*If you donate by check please e-mail abby@newdaycreations.com so we can add you contributions to the total!*

Now is your opportunity to double your giving and to double your impact. Will you join in the village that is playing a part in rewriting George's story?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Transformation Tuesday: Halle Grace

Last December a little girl with big, beautiful eyes arrived at the foster home slightly unsure of her new surroundings.

Halle Grace (Andrea at the time) was a little over a year old and needed treatment for Thalassemia. We were happy to help give her the care she required and loved seeing her sweet and spunky personality appear.

Halle Grace was quickly on the move and there was no stopping her.

We also discovered that she has quite the silly side to her. The nannies would often be found laughing at her antics.

Simply put, with that smile and those dimples, Halle Grace has stolen a lot of hearts.

We've loved having the opportunity to watch Halle Grace grow and shine, and are so excited that she is about to join her forever family, where we are sure there will be no stopping her!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

NDNorth: Three Turning 3

Turning three is a big deal. And for Evangeline, Chad, and Rina, it's three times the fun, because they get to celebrate with each other! Can you believe that the babies who joined us at the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 are so grown up already?

The celebrations began with cake, of course, and a song for each newly-3-year-old.

Happy birthday, precious Evangeline! We are so glad you were born.

Chad, it looks like you are welcoming this birthday with both hands!

Sweet boy, we wish you buckets of joy this year.

Yes, that cake is for you, Rina! We are very proud of the overcomer you are, and are full of hope that 3 will be your best year yet.

Each 3-year-old received a warm new outfit, as it's getting chilly here in Inner Mongolia!

Don't you think pink and purple are Evangeline's colors?

You look sharp, Chad! Why so serious?

Rina rather enjoyed modeling her new sweater and bow...

Group photo!

Getting three 3-year-olds coordinated for a photo is harder than we thought! 

Chad: Aren't we done yet?
Rina: Come on, Chad, just humor them...

Chad, Evangeline, and Rina, your nannies and friends are so thankful to be a part of this chapter of your lives. May you each know how much you are loved, and may this year be stuffed with blessings!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Eli's Big Move

Eli has made a few moves since he arrived at New Day, from the CCU to the baby room, and then back to the CCU after his most recent stay in the hospital last winter, but he has always been upstairs. A few weeks ago he started preschool which gave him a chance to explore and see all the fun things we have downstairs. However, Eli just made his biggest move yet, he moved downstairs!

After preschool Eli confidently walked out of class into his new adventure.

His nanny had prepared him ahead of time for this big change, and his new nanny, Andrea, was quick to welcome him with open arms.

Then it was time to meet some of his new friends. He wasn't too sure what to think of Hallie.

What is one of the best things about moving to a new room? New toys of course! Eli enjoying testing out  many of the toys and the walker we have for the downstairs kids.

We know that this is a big move, but we think you're going to like it downstairs Eli!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

NDNorth: A Morning in the Life of Frank

Frank has been with New Day North for 4 months now, and introductions have been made, but we thought it was high time for all you cheerers and supporters of ND North kiddos to be able to watch him in action. So come on in- you are invited to spend a morning in the life of this endearing boy!

We meet Frank as he's coming in from his morning walk. Can you close the door?

Good job, big boy!

Time to practice standing! You look great! Music makes everything more enjoyable, yeah?

Frank is the definition of "all boy" and loves to move. There's just something about boys and speed, right? Crawling is not easy for him, and sometimes frustrating, but with his determination and a little encouragement, he can go far, and is getting faster and faster! 

Why are you so excited, buddy?

Aha, you crawled over to one of your favorite activities, the big green ball!

What could make it better? Only a little blue car!

Boys and cars and balls... 

"Time to get down and let Veronica take a turn you say? No problem, I'll entertain myself!"

It's your turn again, Frank! 

"Guys, this is the best thing EVER!"

Veronica looks like she thinks it's her turn again... Or maybe she just misses her brother when he's up so high on the therapy ball.

One last bounce, OK Frank?

As you can see, Frank has grown fast since he came to us, as little boys are prone to do. What fun to watch him maturing, communicating, using his imagination, and trying new things.

Thanks for letting us stop in, Frank! 你是最棒的!(You're the best!) Enjoy the rest of your day.