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Transformations in Store: The 2015 Cleft Exchange

The 2015 Cleft Exchange is quickly approaching, and already more than 35 children are lined up for life-changing surgery. We cannot wait to see the life-changing transformations in store!

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One family that stole our hearts during our 2014 Cleft Exchange was Liane and her grandparents. Liane’s mother left her in their care so she could go to the city and find work. When Liane was six months old, her caring grandparents brought her to Kaifeng Children’s Hospital when they heard about Love Without Boundaries’ offer of free quality surgeries for families in need. Read more.

In Need of No-Nos

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Our 2015 Cleft Exchange is just around the corner! In two months, 35 to 40 children will arrive in Kaifeng for their cleft lip or palate surgery. For those of you who have gone through this surgery with your little one, you know how painful recovery can be, and how helpful those little things we call “no-nos” can be.
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Unforgettable Aimee

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I had the pleasure of meeting Aimee during the Cleft Exchange last April in Kaifeng. Aimee and another child from her orphanage in Guangdong Province, Harley, had such complex cleft lips that flying them to Kaifeng for surgery with our amazing doctors was the best thing for them. Aimee, at five years old, had waited a long time for their chance at surgery, and had seen her friends come back with repaired cleft lips, and then leave with adoptive families.  Aimee is still waiting to be chosen for adoption, and we hope that this unforgettable girl will be able to know the love of a forever family one day soon. Read more.

Grumpy Benjamin: Turning that Frown Upside-Down!

This sweet baby boy came into orphanage care when he was just a few weeks old, with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. It would seem that feeding attempts by his birth family were not very successful, as he was malnourished and dehydrated upon arrival. That furrowed little brow said it all…life had not been very easy up to that point.

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After some initial lab work was done, Benjamin was moved to our Heartbridge Healing Home a couple of weeks later. Read more.

An Update on Aimee and Harley

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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.

Transformations From the 2014 Cleft Exchange

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.

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Winston is six months old and has recovered beautifully from his cleft lip surgery one month ago. Read more.

Loveable Luce

This little guy with the great hair is Luce.

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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.

Xinzhou Baby Boom

It’s a baby boom in Xinzhou!

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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.

Transformation: Past, Present, and Future

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.

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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.

2014 LWB Cleft Exchange – Saturday

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.

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