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.
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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.
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.
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.
With our 2014 cleft exchange quickly approaching there are many details that need to be finalized. The end result — dozens of sweet children receiving cleft surgery from experienced medical staff — is definitely worth all of the careful planning. This surgery will be life-changing in so many ways. Not only will the children have fantastic new smiles, but they will also be better able to eat and drink , which gives them a chance to get the proper amount of nutrition in their little tummies for normal growth and development. Read more.
You may have heard the buzz about the 2014 Cleft Exchange, which will take place April 21-25, 2014 in Kaifeng, Henan. If you are new LWB supporter, you may wonder what the excitement is all about. And we are more than happy to share so you, too, can join in the excitement! Read more.