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The 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange: Day Five

We had another great day in Kaifeng with eight more children receiving surgery today. We’ll start by telling you about the children who are orphaned first, and then introduce you to some of the wonderful rural families we were honored to help with medical care.

As we mentioned yesterday, four of the little boys on today’s OR schedule were from the Kaifeng PT Center, which is a government-sponsored project run by one of the past directors of the Kaifeng orphanage. Read more.

The 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange: A Very Long Day Four

Day four of our 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange has come to a close, and it was a very long day for our team.

CME2016 Cindy pondering 4.20.16“Whew – this surgery stuff can be pretty tiring!”

Before we talk about the surgeries which took place today, we want to let you know how some of the patients from earlier in the week are doing now.
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The 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange: Day Three

It’s always a wonderful thing to be able to write, “Yet another great day.” We started our Tuesday with morning rounds to check on the children who had surgery the day before.

Baby Leo was a little quiet this morning and gave everyone a scare with some pretty raspy breathing after drinking some formula, but his oxygen levels were good and his lungs were clear. We think he just wanted to keep us on our toes! He has also given us our very first “before and after photo” of the trip. Read more.

The 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange: Day Two

It was a wonderful Monday in Kaifeng, our first OR day of the week. As our team arrived to the hospital this morning, they were greeted by the same sweet faces as the day before, but luckily with a little less panic and stranger danger than on Sunday.

The medical team gathered together for morning rounds, making sure that there were no developments overnight that would alter the surgery schedule. Thankfully, green lights were given by the physicians for all the kids. Read more.

Roberta, Young Trailblazer

For most of her four years of life, Roberta has been living in the orphanage in Xiaoxian.  Just a few months ago, her orphanage felt that she was ready to experience life in a family, and we were so pleased to be able to offer her that opportunity. Roberta is the very first child with Down Syndrome to be placed with a foster family in her village!

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This young trailblazer is a beautiful and active four-year-old who knows her own mind. Her foster mom says that she never has to wonder what Roberta wants! Read more.

Callie’s Journey to a Family in China

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Found on a cold February morning weighing just over three pounds, preemie Callie was brought to an orphanage in eastern China. They called us immediately for assistance, and Callie was admitted to the hospital for emergency medical care. Read more.

Cora: The Gift of Knowing How to Love And Be Loved

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On December 7, 2015, I sat in the Taiyuan social welfare office wondering what the next chapter in our lives held.  We knew so little about our soon to be 2 ½ year old daughter. We knew Cora had complex congenital heart defects and Goldenhar Syndrome, but we did not know the extent of either of those diagnoses. We knew, from pictures, that she had been loved deeply while in the care of Little Flower Projects, and we knew she had been in a Love Without Boundaries foster care program (where she was known as “Josie”) for the last twelve months.  Read more.

Caleb: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

The cuteness is almost too much to stand.

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Little Caleb from our foster care program in Lanzhou has the sweetest, most winsome smile! Caleb was born prematurely and is quite small for a three-year-old. Read more.

Guess What’s Just Around the Corner? The 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange!

Like Chisholm, we are having trouble containing our excitement about our upcoming Cleft Medical Exchange!

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This coming April, doctors, medical staff, and volunteers from the U.S. and the U.K. will travel to China to work with doctors and staff at Kaifeng Children’s Hospital to provide surgeries for children with cleft needs. Read more.

Bike Rally!

During February, we have celebrated children in our foster care program and shared how foster care is about family. This month, the children in our Sanmenxia foster care program in Henan got to experience a very special first with their foster families.

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It all started with a mention from our foster care manager that the older boys were longingly watching children in their neighborhood ride bicycles. Oh, how they hoped to someday have a bike of their own! Read more.

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