Tag Archives: Kaifeng

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.

Luke

It’s that time of year when many of us receive holiday cards and newsletters from friends talking about their children’s activities and accomplishments of the past year. Since Luke is still waiting for his forever family, we thought we’d take this opportunity to brag about him and everything he has been up to this fall!

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Luke is seven years old and is in “senior kindergarten” this year, which he really enjoys. 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.

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.

2014 LWB Cleft Exchange – Thursday

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Today was both an operating day and an education seminar day in China, so everyone on the team had very long hours. As we have mentioned in past blogs, LWB no longer does “missions,” but instead “exchanges,” as we want long-term impact to come from our trips. Today, surgeons from throughout Henan province came to Kaifeng for several training seminars, led by our team and the wonderful doctors at Kaifeng Children’s Hospital. Lots of useful information on cleft surgery and pediatric anesthesia was shared. Read more.

2014 LWB Cleft Exchange – Wednesday

When our team arrived to the hospital on Wednesday morning, it was time to say goodbye to several of our young patients.

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Ted, Robert Owen, and Paul were the first to be discharged.  Our team is going to miss them so much!  Their repairs look beautiful, and Dr. Ness’s mom had made little hats which we put on them before they left for the train station.  Our warmest thoughts go with them as they travel back. Read more.

2014 LWB Cleft Exchange – Tuesday

Tyrone smilingTuesday was another great day in Kaifeng.  Eight children received their surgeries, with one last minute substitution.   When it comes to cleft surgery, there are three important “tens.”   We want the kids to be 10 weeks old, weigh at least 10 pounds, and have a hemoglobin (iron level) of 10 as well.  All of the kids must have pre-op bloodwork done, and yesterday Tyrone’s came in low.  The doctors wanted to repeat it again today to make sure it was accurate, and unfortunately they discovered he is quite anemic.  He was already in his gown when the new numbers came in, and while we were disappointed he wouldn’t have surgery, he looks tickled pink, doesn’t he, that he got a last minute reprieve?  We are going to be running some more tests on him to see what could be going on, as his iron levels actually dropped even further from one day to the next. Read more.

2014 LWB Cleft Exchange – Easter Sunday

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Easter Sunday saw 20 children from around China arrive to Kaifeng in preparation for their cleft surgeries this week. The rest of our medical team also arrived from overseas, and the doctors quickly got to work making sure every detail was in place regarding the OR. Read more.

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