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To Comfort always, to Relieve often, to Save sometimes
Dear Friends and supporters,

Here’s wishing all our Chinese friends and supporters a very Happy Chinese New Year. We celebrated in the traditional fashion by giving all our staff gifts of rice, oil and dried fish as well as having our annual firework show.

Hope’s Heroes this month highlights a precious, godly lady, Sylvia Huxtable. She is a retired nurse from England who has been coming to China on a regular basis to take our children for surgery in Hong Kong. She cares for them day and night and has spared no expense in pouring out her love tirelessly for these sweet babies.

It was seven years ago, while working as a volunteer at New Hope Foundation that I was asked to take nine month old baby Joey to Hong Kong. Joey had already had surgery for bladder exstrophy at the age of four months. Unfortunately he developed a very aggressive brain tumor and died nine months later. He was the first of my beautiful babies, whom I grew to love dearly.
Next I was privileged to take fifteen month old baby Grace to Hong Kong for surgery.  Grace needed complex surgery and a lot of reconstruction. I had a few days to get to know this adorable baby, who had been at 'Hope’ since she was eight days old.……

To read more and see photos of Sylvia and the children she cared for, please click here.
Many hospital admissions had to be on hold earlier this month due to the Spring Festival holidays but we still managed to get help for some urgent cases. From left to right Emmee was admitted to hospital in Suzhou for her neurological defect and Desmond was admitted to a local hospital with pneumonia. Desmond is home now and doing well.


Emmee / Desmond
Hope Healing Home Beijing

There were 3 new admissions this month. They were GW Liang, GZ Shan and HY Li


GW Liang / GZ Shan / HY Li
Confirmed Adoptions and our Hopes for adoption:

We celebrate the adoptions of Levi, Emilia Grace Olivia


Levi  /  Emilia Grace  /  Olivia
Special Care Centers Jiaozuo, Luoyang, Xin Yang and Zhengzhou, Henan Province:. These Centers provide humane and loving, hospice care for infants and young children with severe congenital defects who are unlikely to survive under normal circumstances. Those who survive are unexpected blessings.

Zhengzhou. ( Show Hope Special Care Center).

5 new babies were admitted this month. Xhaiden, Xena , Yetty, Ysabelle passed away peacefully.

Xinyang ( Show Hope, Open Arms and Alexandria Yeo Special Care Center).

We were unable to save 8 day old Xienna who passed away on the train while being transferred urgently to Luoyang for medical care. The train was delayed by two hours and we wondered if things could have been different if it had been on time. She passed away in the arms of her nanny who was deeply saddened and mourned her loss. Xylen with advanced liver failure also passed away peacefully. New baby Chase was admitted

Luoyang (Maria’s Big House of Hope ) 

Troy passed away peacefully. 8 new babies were admitted.

Jiaozuo ( Show Hope Special Care Center) .

There were no new admissions or deaths this month

Love Without Boundaries Heartbridge Rehabilitation Unit (18 beds) 

From left to right, Jensen was admitted for post-operative care, Shayla has been moved to another facility for long term care to free-up beds for sicker children. Elizabeth was admitted urgently to Beijing United Family hospital with lung problems. She is stable at the moment.

 
Jensen / Shayla / Elizabeth

 Delyth was adopted to a wonderful family and will be called Meisi.

Our Needs

Thank you to those who supported our children for the cost of their surgeries. Your gifts save lives. Almost all our children are sick and need medical care or surgery. Please continue to meet this on-going need whenever you are able.
Prayer Request for the month:


 
Please pray for a family for James. He is vocalizing the pain he feels of not being chosen by a family while he watches his friends go to loving homes. He is an intelligent 2 year old little boy who has joint problems but despite this he is incredibly resourceful and mobile.
Our Most Sincere Thanks;

1) To Dr. Jason and Lauren A. for their very generous gift in response to our need mentioned last month. Their gift will complete the funds raised for an important surgery for baby Maya in Hong Kong. They are helping a child who will receive surgery from the same MedArt team who assisted in the surgical care of their new son.

2) To Tim M for an extremely generous donation that will change many children’s lives.

3) To Jenny W who came all the way from the US to care for baby John in Hong Kong during his surgery.

4) To Lucy F for her Chinese New Year gift towards the children’s care.

5) To Denis, Angela S. and their children who specifically asked for donations to NHF in lieu of their birthday gifts.

6) To Jaime H’s father who donated funds for Yasmine’s surgery

7) To all the new children’s sponsors.

8) To Vena C and Dennis W for their donation as a result of Dennis running in a recent marathon
With our deepest gratitude,
Joyce and Robin Hill

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” Chinese proverb
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Travelers Needed
We are in need of travelers from the US, UK and Australia to Beijing to help bring in much needed supplies for our children. None of these supplies are “restricted items” and do not have to be declared at customs. The items will be mailed to you within the country. New Hope Foundation staff will be at the airport to pick up the supplies in Beijing. If you able to help or know of other travelers who are willing to help please contact   the following:

a) From the US: Rebecca Dorris, Tennessee, Phone 615-371-5221   rsdorris@gmail.com

b) From the UK:  Jennifer Drake, Surrey, china.drake@gmail.com

c) From Melbourne Australia: Topsy D’Cruz Email: topsydcruz@gmail.com  Address: 18 Sassafras Dr, Lower Templestowe Victoria  3107, Australia. Phone: 03 98504339 Mobile: 0400585379

d) From Sydney, Australia: Susan Mukundan Email: susan_mukundan@hotmail.com  Phone:  02 94888101    Mobile:   0414 911 309
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