25 NovExciting numbers and a new face.

It’s been a busy time at Butterfly Home lately, and we have some exciting numbers to share. In the last month, four lovely new nannies have been recruited and trained, ready for the opening of our new nursery room. The new room looks incredible, and is  home to six sweet little people. And we now have three new cots!

We are so excited about growing our cot numbers. Each cot means one more safe and loving refuge for a child who is desperate and alone. Because of these new cots, more children will find comfort in the midst of their suffering, more pain will be relieved, and more tiny bodies held in loving arms. We’re hoping more lives will be saved too, and  more laughter will echo through our Home. Happy endings are marvellous – we are thrilled for children like Sarah and Little Swallow, who leave us healed and ready for busy, happy lives. But we know that not every child in these cots will be healed. Some will come to us, and be gone again before the sun rises. Honouring those short sweet lives, loving these children who pass through our rooms as softly as a whisper – this is such an important part of our work. We know these cots will be a place of peace, even when they cannot be a place of healing.

We’ll be introducing our new children over the next few days, and updating on some of those who have recently arrived. People have asked about Howard, Zoe and Luke – we promise news and pictures of them shortly. For today, please meet Cherry!

Look at her eyelashes – isn’t she just beautiful? Her pretty name suits her so well. Cherry has a severe congenital heart defect. She’s wanting to feed, but struggling with exhaustion.  She also has a nasty infected nappy rash, partly caused by her poor circulation. We are working on cleaning that up for her. She’s often on oxygen to increase her energy levels and reduce the strain on her poor little heart. Hopefully she will start feeding longer with the oxygen too. We need this girl to grow fat and strong ready for her surgery. The Social Welfare Institute have already arranged for her to have her operation locally – we are very thankful for that. There are lots of people holding onto hope for this little girl.

Right now Cherry sleeps a lot, but that’s a good thing. She is resting and growing, which is exactly what she needs. We can’t wait to see her getting chubby, and we can’t wait to see her healed!



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4 comment

  1. Cas on: November 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    What fabulous news! I am delighted to hear about all this great stuff happening, new cots, new kids! Cherry, you are lovely x

  2. Lyn and Charles on: November 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Beautifully written thank you
    Cherry will be so well looked after
    Look so forward to reading about the children xx

  3. Beth Burton on: March 11, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    I believe this is a photo of my daughter. Could I get more information? Her name at Changsha SWI No 1 was Long Qing Yao, dob 09/04/2012. She has Tetrology of Fallot. I saw a picture of some other children on the yellow swing today that was posted. I have commented and sent pictures on the post. Can someone respond? Thank you!

    1. Katie Hill on: March 14, 2019 at 3:43 pm

      Hi Beth. We are so delighted to have connected with you. Please feel free to contact us at katie@butterflyhospice.org

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