After a short formal ceremony this morning to officially open the 2014 international cleft exchange, the surgeries began.
Ted and Joy were the first two babies taken back to the OR. Ted went with Dr. Ness, and Joy went with Dr. Tolan. Read more.
Easter Sunday saw 20 children from around China arrive to Kaifeng in preparation for their cleft surgeries this week. The rest of our medical team also arrived from overseas, and the doctors quickly got to work making sure every detail was in place regarding the OR. Read more.
Surgeries begin one week from Monday on our 2014 Cleft Medical Exchange! We would like to introduce you to some of the children who will be having surgery.
Little Winston entered our Anhui Healing Home when he was a newborn. Now four months old, Winston has gained enough weight to have his cleft lip surgery. Winston is attached to his nanny and cries when she leaves his sight. He recently learned to roll over and likes to play with toys that make noise.
In early 2009, Nancy came into our hands as a tiny newborn baby with cleft lip. Her orphanage had called us for help when she wasn’t gaining weight properly, and we quickly moved her to our Anhui Healing Home, where she weighed in at a whopping 2 kgs. on intake day!
Our nannies patiently got to work feeding and caring for her, and within a few months she had more than doubled her weight. That is when her sweet personality began to emerge. One of our favorite quotes from her special nanny said, “When she smiles, she smiles gently…just like the ripples on a peaceful lake caused by a falling tree leaf.” Read more.
In dreams and in love, there are no impossibilities. ~Janos Arany
John has so much love in his heart! This handsome twelve-year-old boy has been waiting for more than six years to hear the news that he has been chosen for adoption. Surely being adopted must seem like a crazy dream for John as many of his friends have met their forever families in the past year while he remains unchosen. Read more.
For over a year, Betsy has been waiting to be chosen. In 2012 she came to LWB to have her cleft repaired and it was discovered that she had experienced some trauma to her face. At age eight, she was then one of the oldest children on the cleft exchange and truly touched our hearts with her quiet bravery and shy smiles. Read more.
Without a doubt, February 14th has come to be synonymous with candy, love, and hearts. Whether you are anxiously awaiting this Friday or dreading everything about the day of love, we at LWB want to tell you about a very special little boy whose heart issues need all the love we can give.
Little Bran was found last April with a box of medicine beside him and a note that he had congenital heart disease. Read more.
Rob is a new arrival to LWB’s Anhui Healing Home (AHH), but he is not new to LWB. Rob just arrived from LWB’s Starbridge Healing Home, where he put on his first five pounds in just a couple of short months. Sometimes our healing home bed planning involves moving babies to the home that is nearest to the best medical care for their needs. Rob swapped with another baby for exactly that reason, and we are all delighted to welcome him at AHH. Read more.
In November, five children traveled to Shanghai to receive free cleft lip and palate surgeries at Fudan Hospital. A month before, Fudan contacted us to offer children in our programs these free surgeries to celebrate the opening of their new charitable organization, Bestway. We scrambled to line up the children in time to travel, knowing this was a wonderful opportunity to receive very quality repairs.
One of the major stumbling blocks we faced was finding caregivers to stay with the children in the hospital. Grace and Tony came from an orphanage in Guangdong Province where we recently started an education program, and there weren’t enough nannies from their orphanage to send on the trip. Read more.