Earlier this year, two precious children who had waited a long time finally got their chance at a new smile during LWB’s 2014 Cleft Exchange in Kaifeng, China: Aimee and Harley. Aimee and Harley both had severe cleft lips, and we knew that our talented surgeons Dr. Ness and Dr. Tolan (seen above) would be their best chance at quality repairs. Read more.
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LWB’s 2014 Cleft Exchange, held in April 2014, was a huge success. Thirty children received cleft lip or palate surgery performed by our very talented surgeons from the United States. The Exchange was a combined effort put forth by our American doctors, nurses, and volunteers, alongside the doctors and nurses from Kaifeng Children’s Hospital. Here are a few of the wonderful transformations we witnessed.
Winston is six months old and has recovered beautifully from his cleft lip surgery one month ago. Read more.
This little guy with the great hair is Luce.
Luce was admitted to LWB’s Anhui Healing Home this spring as a one-month-old baby with a unilateral cleft lip and palate. From the very start Luce thrived on the care of his nannies, and it wasn’t long before he was smiling and trying to communicate his satisfaction. Read more.
It’s a baby boom in Xinzhou!
Our Xinzhou foster care program in Jiangxi province has just received four new baby girls! How exciting to see this program growing and taking more little ones into foster care. These baby girls are so new that we only have one photo of each of them, and they haven’t yet learned to smile for the camera. But don’t worry — we’re sure that we’ll be seeing smiles and open eyes from them soon enough. Read more.
We speak a lot about transformation as it’s so tangible on trips like our recent Cleft Exchange. But transformation also occurs in perhaps less apparent, but equally or more important ways.
Past. All the kids on these trips are so special, but sometimes there’s one or two that stand out to become somewhat of a trip mascot. In 2012, that was Emily. With a familiar round face and striking eyebrows, she could have been my eldest daughter’s sister. Unlike my daughter, however, Emily was born missing an arm and both legs, as well as having a unilateral cleft lip. But we were all quick to realize that her resilient spirit was much more apparent than her physical differences. Read more.
Saturday morning, the doctors made their final rounds on the patients they have come to love. This is always a very bittersweet time for a medical team, as they realize that such a wonderful experience is coming to a close.
It was time to say goodbye to all the great kids from Gansu. We are so thankful that the majority of them are in our new school program at their orphanage, so we can follow their healing closely. Read more.
Our team’s last operating day was a very good one. Baby Alana was the first patient for Dr. Ness, and she came through surgery beautifully. Her repair looks fantastic, and we are so happy she was able to have surgery despite her tiny size. Alana is from a very rural orphanage in southwest Guizhou. We hope that by having this surgery done, she will now be able to feed better and gain much needed weight. Read more.
Today was both an operating day and an education seminar day in China, so everyone on the team had very long hours. As we have mentioned in past blogs, LWB no longer does “missions,” but instead “exchanges,” as we want long-term impact to come from our trips. Today, surgeons from throughout Henan province came to Kaifeng for several training seminars, led by our team and the wonderful doctors at Kaifeng Children’s Hospital. Lots of useful information on cleft surgery and pediatric anesthesia was shared. Read more.
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. Read more.