Matt Yong is almost home. We have Travel Approval from China which is the last document we need to finalize the adoption. His official adoption date is scheduled for September 4th 2013. This is when He Min Yong will become Matthew Yong Clement. The third son of Kim and Jane Clement.
Kim and Jane Meet Yong
Late last year, we learned about a very special little boy named Yong with a rare facial mass who was orphaned in Guizhou. His orphanage had tried to get him help at several hospitals in China, but they were told the surgery was just too complex. His orphanage director contacted LWB to see if we could possibly help him, and through the kindness and compassion of people all over the world, the funding needed for him to have surgery in Los Angeles was raised. Shortly afterwards, however, we learned that Yong would be unable to come to the U.S.
In April, I met Yong and his wonderful foster family in Guizhou. They told me that his tumor was growing so rapidly that he was losing his ability to eat solid foods. He was losing weight, and they were concerned that he wouldn’t be strong enough for an operation. We immediately sent a very specialized formula to him, and the next day I was able to meet with provincial leaders to discuss his case. I was extremely grateful that they agreed that adoption was his very best option for getting the healthcare he required, and they promised to file all of his paperwork immediately.
I am overjoyed to let you know that Yong has an adoptive family traveling soon to bring him home. They have given their permission to let everyone know that he will soon be Kim and Jane Clement’s beloved son. The Clements have partnered with us through their ministry to heal so many children in China, and I am just so thankful that they will soon be able to provide Yong with all of the medical care he will need.
I have to admit that when we first learned that Yong would be unable to come to the U.S. for surgery, I was of course heartbroken. I couldn’t understand why that would happen when everything had come together for his healing. People around the world had taken Yong into their hearts and given so generously to help him. But now…when I stand back and look at everything that has since transpired, I only see the greatest of blessings. If we had not been asked to help Yong, then his adoption paperwork would not have been filed. And even though we refunded a lot of donations when the surgery couldn’t take place, most people told us to use their donations to heal other urgent children on our waiting list. Because of this one boy, many other children received their life changing operations. And now, this beautiful child has a FAMILY moving heaven and earth to get him home in the next month. Ironically, he will be operated on by the exact team who was originally going to help him. Over 20 specialists at LA Children’s Hospital will come together to make sure Yong gets the best medical care possible.
I know that everyone who has followed his story will celebrate with me that Yong is coming home. Thank you again for believing his life is so priceless and important. LWB has the most incredible supporters. You change lives every day!
~Amy Eldridge, Chief Executive Officer
Update on Yong:
Last week all of the government offices in China began working again after Chinese New Year, and we had been hoping Yong’s passport would be issued. However, we were told that there is a brand new national policy that before any orphaned child can leave the country for medical treatment, they have to be seen by a hospital in Beijing. Yong’s foster father will be taking him to Beijing this week for this consultation, and we are hoping all of the final paperwork can then be approved. Please keep Yong in your thoughts as well as the doctors who will be making this very important decision for him.
I wanted to give everyone an update on Yong’s (Bryant’s) journey. As mentioned on the Den broadcast last Saturday, we have run into a major issue that is preventing his travel to the USA for his critical surgery. This was so very disappointing in that we had all the arrangements in place both in China and here in the USA. Since then I and the doctors at Children’s Hospital LA together with the organization – Love Without Boundaries - have worked tirelessly to find an alternative solution that will give Yong the chance to have the best surgeon and care available.
Our back-up arrangement was set in motion, which would entail Dr. Urata and his team from Children’s Hospital LA to travel to China to perform the surgery at one of their hospitals. We were very hopeful that this option would be acceptable. Once again, we have run into an issue – the Chinese Ministry Of Health has assigned Yong’s case to a military hospital. The surgeon at this facility does not have the experience to perform the surgery and was initially very supportive of having Dr. Urata assist him. Unfortunately, we have just learned that it is impossible to get a temporary medical license at a military hospital, which means that Dr. Urata would not be able to perform the surgery in China. This is such a high profile case in China and we cannot advocate any actions that may be considered illegal or not approved in any way. Even although the surgeon at the Military hospital would love Dr Urata to do the surgery.
The only other option at this stage is to use a surgeon already based and licensed in China to do the surgery. We are in contact with a surgeon who we feel has the best qualifications in China to do this surgery and has been recommended to us from the professor at Harvard. Its not Dr Urata but we feel its the only option we have under the circumstances. We have sent him home for the next week to wait for the surgery date to be set.
I want to thank all of you who continue to pray, believe and support Yong. We continue to believe that God has his hand in this and he will receive the best medical care and surgery available for the debilitating facial tumor that is threatening his little life.
Yong is still in the hospital waiting for more testing before his surgery plan is created. Our director continues to go visit him each day. She said that Yong has several other children in his hospital room, and he has been wanting to share his toys with them. He even let a little 15 month old in the bed next to him have his special panda from the zoo to make him feel better. Everyone who meets Yong comments on his sweet spirit.
- Bryant- Yong
- Many of you are aware of our fundraiser and tireless efforts to help a little boy from China who has a large tumor in his face. His name is Min Yong, aka “Bryant”. We, along with the organization “Love Without Boundaries”, have raised the money to get Min Yong the surgery he so desperately needs. We have also found capable surgeons right here in Los Angeles at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which is one of the best hospitals in the world.
Min Yong has a condition called “Congenital Infiltrating Lipomatosis of the Face”, which is a very rare syndrome defined as “a collection of non-encapsulated mature lipocytes infiltrating local tissues: resulting in cranio-facial deformities. Due to the normal psychomotor development of the children, aesthetic appearance often remains the main concern”. A Harvard professor has informed us that there are only 50 known cases of this in English literature.
Kim and I would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of you who participated through your gifts of love. This has now made it possible for Bryant to have this crucial surgery and give him back his life. You have given during someone else’s crisis and God watches these acts of kindness. Good things come to those who are generous and who give freely. We pray for God’s many blessings upon you this year.
This is the latest update posted by “Love without Boundaries”
Yong and his foster siblings have had fun celebrating the Chinese New Year in Guizhou. We are waiting for government officials to return to work on Monday so that his passport application can continue and the final permissions can be given for his care.
Yong’s foster family sent this cute photo of him holding his foster sister’s hand, and we knew you would love to see it as much as we did. (To read more about Yong’s story, we invite you to read Be a Part of Yong’s Story and The Power of Love: An Update on Yong.)
We have been so inspired and touched by the notes and cards we have received for Yong. We will be saving every wish and prayer for him so that we hopefully can pass them on to his adoptive family someday. Here are just a few of the notes he has received:
You are a brave and strong boy! Many prayers are with you on this journey.
Yong, you are a precious and perfect creation. You are handsome and courageous. It is a privilege to be even a small part of your amazing story. Much love to you, Yong!
I wish he were my boy! He stole my heart, and I hope that he can get his surgery soon!
You are loved. That’s all and that’s everything.
Yong IS loved. We are so very grateful to everyone who has given from their heart to get him the surgery he needs. We will hopefully have more news early next week!