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.
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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.
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.
Today was a very busy day for the team, and it began early this morning with the official opening ceremony and formal team photo. We are so grateful to everyone in the picture for giving both their hearts and their time to help some truly wonderful kids receive surgery.
At 9 a.m., the first surgeries got underway. First up in the operating room was baby August. Read more.
Our team arrived safely in Kaifeng, Henan province over the weekend to begin our 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange, and the medical staff began evaluating the kids on Sunday afternoon. So many beautiful children have already captured our hearts!
Just like on the first day of every cleft trip, things were a wee bit hectic as families and caregivers crowded in the hallway hoping to get the assurance that their children would be on the schedule. Read more.
We are just a few days away from the start of our 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange, and today we wanted to let you know about the importance of “ten” when it comes to the kids.
On our international trips, we use a formula of “10-10-10” which every child needs to meet in order to safely have surgery. Read more.
It’s finally April, and we are bursting with anticipation to meet the children who will be having surgery during our upcoming Cleft Medical Exchange in Kaifeng, China!
Some of these children will be traveling from their orphanages with a caregiver who will stay with them throughout the trip. Read more.
Planning a cleft exchange takes at least six months of preparations, and the excitement really starts building when we realize we are less than a month away. We are so grateful to everyone who has funded a child for surgery, and there are some truly beautiful children still needing sponsors in their corner!
Some of the children still in need of sponsors
Some of our supporters have noticed that our cleft exchange surgery costs are a bit more than last year, and we wanted to give you a breakdown on where your donations are going. This year we have set the cost at $750 per child. Read more.
Just one more month until the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange, which will take place from April 12-18 at the Kaifeng Children’s Hospital in Henan province. If you are a new LWB supporter, you may wonder what a cleft exchange is. We are happy to provide more information so you can join in the excitement!
An LWB Cleft Exchange is a week in which cleft specialists from both the US and China (surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses) come together to share knowledge about the latest developments and advances in the treatment of cleft lip and palate. Dozens of children receive the best medical care possible during this exciting partnership. Read more.