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2014 LWB Cleft Exchange – Wednesday

When our team arrived to the hospital on Wednesday morning, it was time to say goodbye to several of our young patients.

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Ted, Robert Owen, and Paul were the first to be discharged.  Our team is going to miss them so much!  Their repairs look beautiful, and Dr. Ness’s mom had made little hats which we put on them before they left for the train station.  Our warmest thoughts go with them as they travel back. Read more.

2014 LWB Cleft Exchange – Tuesday

Tyrone smilingTuesday was another great day in Kaifeng.  Eight children received their surgeries, with one last minute substitution.   When it comes to cleft surgery, there are three important “tens.”   We want the kids to be 10 weeks old, weigh at least 10 pounds, and have a hemoglobin (iron level) of 10 as well.  All of the kids must have pre-op bloodwork done, and yesterday Tyrone’s came in low.  The doctors wanted to repeat it again today to make sure it was accurate, and unfortunately they discovered he is quite anemic.  He was already in his gown when the new numbers came in, and while we were disappointed he wouldn’t have surgery, he looks tickled pink, doesn’t he, that he got a last minute reprieve?  We are going to be running some more tests on him to see what could be going on, as his iron levels actually dropped even further from one day to the next. Read more.

2014 LWB Cleft Exchange – Monday

After a short formal ceremony this morning to officially open the 2014 international cleft exchange, the surgeries began.

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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.

2014 LWB Cleft Exchange – Easter Sunday

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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.

Easter Baby Hunt

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This weekend, many children will enjoy Easter egg hunts and will shout with glee when they find another prize. Our cleft team had their own special hunt today, but their “eggs” were a tiny bit bigger than usual. Read more.

Cleft Exchange 2014: Getting Ready

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This week, all of the team members for LWB’s next international cleft surgery exchange are leaving for China. The babies and older children will start their journeys to Kaifeng this Friday as well, most arriving by train but a few coming by plane since they are from provinces far away from Henan. For a lot of them, it will be the first time they have left their orphanage, and our team will be waiting to give them the warmest welcome possible. Read more.

Ready for Cleft Surgery!

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.

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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.
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Following the Red Thread to Qianxi, Guizhou

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We love how our supporters’ red threads sometimes weave their ways into our work, often helping many more children in the process.  Last year we were contacted by a family who was adopting a child from an orphanage in Qianxi, Guizhou.  In one of the photos they were given, they saw an older girl with an unrepaired cleft lip, and they wondered if LWB could possibly help.  Read more.

Adventures and New Ventures in Lanzhou, Gansu

LWB recently opened a Believe in Me school program inside the Lanzhou orphanage in Gansu province.  A team from the U.S. visited the school in late March, and we thought you might like learning a bit more about this region and our newest project.

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As you fly into Lanzhou, you can immediately tell you are in an area very unlike the more populated eastern part of China. As far as you can see are brown, treeless mountains, fronted by a landscape which initially looks like desert.  Once on the ground, however, you realize that the ground is not sand, but instead a powdery, dry silt. Of course this region was part of the famous Silk Road in China and so has a long and interesting history. The mountains are dotted with caves, which served as homes to many people during the 1950s to 1970s.
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Dolores, Darling of Fuyang

New to LWB Community is Dolores, one of the darlings of our Fuyang foster care program!

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Two-year-old Dolores has been in LWB foster care since 2012. She has had surgery to repair a cleft lip but will need future surgery for a cleft palate.  In addition, Dolores has some developmental delays and digit deformities.
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