Love Without Boundaries - Baby Kang
In 2003, Amy Eldridge, a mom to seven from Oklahoma, went back to China to visit her daughter's orphanage. During her visit, she was able to see and hold many babies. In the back corner of one of the baby rooms, she saw a tiny baby boy who was so blue. Little Kang had a very serious heart defect, but sadly the orphanage didn't have any funding for his surgery. During this trip, she also met three other children with heart defects. One three year old little girl was so sick that she had to keep kneeling to catch her breath as she walked across the room.
Once home, Amy didn't know how she could help. She knew that she was one of the few people who knew about these precious children, and so she felt she had to do something to try and save their lives. She wrote to family and friends, asking if they could help fund the tiny baby's heart surgery. The plea was passed on, and soon Amy was receiving the much need funds for this baby's surgery. Amazingly, there was enough money to pay for all four children to be healed! In addition, she was contacted by a heart surgeon from Denver, Colorado, who was preparing for a medical mission to China to perform heart surgeries. Dr. Mitchell offered to help the four children she had met.
On the night before the children's operations, it began to snow. Snow is a sign of good luck in China, and the children had never seen it before since they were from a southern province. What a lovely image of these kids having their noses pressed against the hospital room window looking at their first snow with wonder on the night before they were to be healed.
The first three surgeries went great, and then baby Kang was the last case Dr. Mitchell was going to do before heading back to the US. It was supposed to be a "routine" TOF surgery to fix four defects, but when he cut open Kang's chest, he realized that the initial reports he was given on the baby’s heart were not correct. He called Amy after the surgery and told her that he had stood in the OR holding Kang’s tiny heart in his hand, with his eyes closed, trying to FEEL where the holes in his heart were. He left for the US the day after doing Kang's surgery. It was in the middle of the night that Amy got a frantic call from Dr. Li, the Chinese surgeon in Hangzhou. Kang had begun bleeding, and Dr. Li needed to perform another surgery. Days later, Kang started going into kidney failure, and again Amy got an urgent phone call from China. The doctors felt that baby Kang was definitely going to pass away. Amy sent out an email asking for worldwide prayers for baby Kang ... and he rallied miraculously. Even the doctors in China said they had never seen anything like it.
Today, baby Kang is a happy, healthy 7-year old who has a wonderful family of his very own. His surgery not only gave him the gift of life, but it allowed him to have a second chance at being completely loved through the blessings of adoption. In fact, all four of the original children are now in permanent homes. Amy realized through these heart surgeries that everyone can truly make a difference in the world if they will just step out in faith to help another in need. She began Love Without Boundaries following these operations, with the goal of providing even more hope and healing to those children who live as orphans. To date, over 1,000 children helped by LWB have been adopted into loving homes.