Tuesday 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.
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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.
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.
When we asked for volunteers to make bibs and hats for our upcoming Cleft Exchange, we honestly had no idea what kind of response we would get. Were we ever surprised by the incredible outpouring of support for this project! The babies and children on the cleft exchange are going to be sporting the most stylish hatwear and neckwear anywhere in China! 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.
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.