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.
Tag Archives: cleft
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New to LWB Community is Dolores, one of the darlings of our Fuyang foster care program!
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.
Surgeons are not the only ones who participate in our life-changing cleft exchanges! Of course, the operations would not happen without the dedicated and talented surgeons giving of their time. However, other volunteers also play a key role, and today we want to introduce you to a few who will be going on the cleft exchange next month.
Carlos was born late last year with unilateral cleft lip and palate, as well as syphilis. He entered LWB’s Starbridge Healing Home soon after and was immediately placed in the hospital for treatment of his syphilis.
Weighing 5.5 pounds when he came into our care, Carlos has already gained nearly five pounds…thanks to the loving, patient care of our wonderful healing home nannies. Carlos has a very wide palate and feeding takes a great deal of time, but his nannies have carefully and patiently helped sweet Carlos to grow in preparation for having his lip surgery. Read more.
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.
Tyrone is a 22-month old boy who is on the go!
He has been attending the toddler class at LWB’s Believe in Me Huainan School. While he was previously having trouble meeting his milestones, he has begun to catch up quickly. He loves to crawl everywhere and is pulling himself up to stand. He is practicing walking in the walker, and we know he will be walking on his own soon. Tyrone is due to have his cleft palate fixed during our upcoming Cleft Exchange Trip, after which he will join LWB’s Huainan Foster Care Program. Read more.