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Matteo: An Adoption Story

We adopted our son Matteo from Fuyang in February 2015 when he was 28 months old.

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My husband and I initially couldn’t agree on a name, but when we learned his Love Without Boundaries advocacy name was “Matt,” we found our inspiration. Since there are already two Matthews in the family, we chose Matteo and planned to call him Matt for short. However, the only nicknames that have stuck have been “Teo” and his Chinese nickname, Tao Tao.  And that’s how our Chinese-born son adopted by Polish-American and German-American parents got an Italian name. Read more.

Pamela: Six Years of Foster Care

In 2009, Pamela was born with a cleft lip and palate. Within weeks, she was moved from her orphanage to our Anhui Healing Home.  This is a photo of her right after receiving her very first bath. Don’t you love those chubby cheeks?

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Pamela quickly became very attached to her nannies at the home who continually commented on her twinkling eyes and sunny personality. Read more.

These Children Changed My Life

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Last month, I traveled to China with my mother as part of the team of volunteers who helped with LWB’s 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange. I am so grateful to LWB for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity. As someone who wants to become a doctor in addition to being adopted from China made this cleft exchange an extremely profound experience for me. Read more.

The Healing Begins: The 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

Several weeks ago we took you on journey with over 30 children who were scheduled to have cleft repair surgery during our 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange. Just over ten days have passed, and we are receiving updates from some of the families and orphanages on children who are beginning to heal.

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Reflections on the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

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As someone who was on the ground with the children during our 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange, it is difficult to reflect upon everything that happened last week. That being said, it’s even harder to try and condense all of my thoughts into a single blog post! Read more.

Day Seven of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

Today’s morning rounds were the final few hours for our US team in Kaifeng as they prepared to begin their journeys back home. They visited with every child still in the hospital and discussed each case with their Chinese colleagues to ensure a smooth transition of care. It is always so difficult to say goodbye to the dear friends we have made on these trips. What an international effort to make sure so many wonderful kids received the best surgical care possible.

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Many of the kids were cleared to discharge today, while twelve others will stay a few more days to fully recover. Read more.

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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