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Day Six of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

We know the blogs get longer each day as we report on more and more kids, but we hope you are enjoying the beautiful images and stories from such a special week in Kaifeng. Each child is just so dear to us, and we hope you are falling in love with their sweet spirits like we are.

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Morning rounds today were very hectic, with 21 little patients to be seen on the ward. Read more.

Day Five of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

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Today was an extremely long day for the team, with the surgeons operating into the evening hours. Read more.

Day Four of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

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Today our team was able to discharge our first three patients. Dave and August left with their families, who were all overjoyed with the surgery results. Even though the kids who come to our trips are only with us for a few days, it is still always so hard to say goodbye. Read more.

Day Three of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

Our team’s day began with morning rounds to check on the children who had surgery yesterday and to make sure the kids on deck were all still doing well.

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Day Two of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

Today was a very busy day for the team, and it began early this morning with the official opening ceremony and formal team photo. We are so grateful to everyone in the picture for giving both their hearts and their time to help some truly wonderful kids receive surgery.

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At 9 a.m., the first surgeries got underway. First up in the operating room was baby August. Read more.

Day One of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

Our team arrived safely in Kaifeng, Henan province over the weekend to begin our 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange, and the medical staff began evaluating the kids on Sunday afternoon. So many beautiful children have already captured our hearts!

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Just like on the first day of every cleft trip, things were a wee bit hectic as families and caregivers crowded in the hallway hoping to get the assurance that their children would be on the schedule. Read more.

Student Support: Meet Lee

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Lee is a fourteen year old student in our Impoverished Student Support program, and we all think he has such a funny and candid personality. He’s currently in middle school and is working towards gaining acceptance to a good quality high school. Read more.

The Importance of “Ten”: The 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

We are just a few days away from the start of our 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange, and today we wanted to let you know about the importance of “ten” when it comes to the kids.

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On our international trips, we use a formula of “10-10-10” which every child needs to meet in order to safely have surgery. Read more.

Student Support: Meet Yvonne

Just seven years old, Yvonne had a very difficult beginning to her life. She says, “My mother died the day I was born, giving her life for mine.”

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Just two years after her mother’s death, her father was killed in a car accident. Yvonne’s grandparents are raising her. They work in rice paddy fields to earn money for the family, but understandably they are faced with many financial challenges. Read more.

Announcing the Loving ARMs Healing Home

At one point in my life, I had four little boys aged 1-7, and so I am sure you can understand when I say that I lived with a lot of potty jokes every day. My librarian brother fueled the fire by sending them a copy of the Japanese children’s book called “Everyone Poops,” which soon became their “go to” book whenever they got to pick the story of the night. If you haven’t seen this book, it is definitely a no nonsense way of covering one of the most basic body functions, with the final summary that “All living things eat, so everybody poops.”

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I think it is safe to say that anything concerning our bowels causes a wide range of reactions from people. Read more.

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