Tag Archives: Kaifeng

One Last Post for Luke

For the past five years, we have had the joy and privilege of watching Luke in our Kaifeng foster care program grow up. Sadly, our time with Luke will come to an end this summer as Luke is the only child remaining in our Kaifeng foster care program who has yet to be adopted. At the end of his school year, Luke will return to the Social Welfare Institute where he will attend a new school while he waits to be chosen for adoption.


Over the years, we have blogged and featured Luke many times over the years hoping a family would see Luke as their child and wish to make him part of their family. Read more.

Luke’s Wish

Eight-year-old Luke in our Kaifeng foster care program has been singing and dancing his way into our hearts since we first met him as a tiny baby in need of heart surgery.We have been advocating for this little guy to be adopted for so long and have many blogs about him. We hold onto our wish for Luke that he will make his way into the hearts of a forever family soon!

Luke 3.15

To help make this dream a reality for a family wishing to pursue Luke’s adoption, LWB has increased Luke’s Adoption Assistance Grant to $4,000. Read more.

Reflections on the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange


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.

Day Seven of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

Today’s morning rounds were the final few hours for our US team in Kaifeng as they prepared to begin their journeys back home. They visited with every child still in the hospital and discussed each case with their Chinese colleagues to ensure a smooth transition of care. It is always so difficult to say goodbye to the dear friends we have made on these trips. What an international effort to make sure so many wonderful kids received the best surgical care possible.

CME2015TeamOne last photo together

Many of the kids were cleared to discharge today, while twelve others will stay a few more days to fully recover. Read more.

Day Six of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

We know the blogs get longer each day as we report on more and more kids, but we hope you are enjoying the beautiful images and stories from such a special week in Kaifeng. Each child is just so dear to us, and we hope you are falling in love with their sweet spirits like we are.


Morning rounds today were very hectic, with 21 little patients to be seen on the ward. Read more.

Day Five of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

Today was an extremely long day for the team, with the surgeons operating into the evening hours. Read more.

Day Four of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange


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.

Day Three of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

Our team’s day began with morning rounds to check on the children who had surgery yesterday and to make sure the kids on deck were all still doing well.

CME2015AbeDrClinchAbe checks out Dr. Clinch

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Day Two of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

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.

Day One of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

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.