Our 2019 LWB cleft team would like to send one final hello from beautiful Lanzhou, China. The gorgeous Gansu countryside We welcomed a very special guest to the cleft trip last night, a kind and caring woman named Ms. Xu. She was the wonderful orphanage director who made it possible back in 2006 for Gong […]
Today was the last full day of surgeries for our team in Lanzhou, and the hospital ward was brimming with children all recovering from their cleft operations this week. Handsome Peyton It was time to say goodbye to some of the wonderful kids who had their surgeries at the start of the trip, such as […]
Day Four is a wrap, and after being taught by the Chinese hospital team how to make homemade dumplings tonight, we can update everyone with very full and happy tummies. We’ll just say we’re not going to quit our day jobs because this isn’t exactly how a traditional Chinese dumpling is supposed to look, but […]
Happy Day Three everyone! Our team had another wonderful day in Lanzhou, with 9 children receiving surgery. First up, of course, was morning rounds, to make sure every child who had surgery the day before was doing well post-op. Two-second summary – they are! Kamryn’s lip repair looks absolutely beautiful, as you can see below. […]
Welcome to Day Two of the 2019 LWB Cleft Surgery Exchange – also known as “Let the surgeries begin!” Sixteen children were on the schedule for today, so our team wasted no time doing final checks on their patients before getting underway. First up for Dr. Buckmiller’s room was 8-month-old Finley, a gorgeous little boy […]
Welcome to LWB’s Cleft Trip 2019! We’re so happy to have you following along. This year’s exchange is based in western China, in Gansu’s capital city of Lanzhou. We are honored to once again be working alongside the doctors at Gansu Provincial Hospital and can’t wait to share news and photos from this life-changing week. […]
We are excited to introduce our 2017 Cleft Medical Exchange Team! This dedicated group is headed to Phnom Penh, Cambodia in a few weeks for our very first Cleft Exchange in southeast Asia. The Exchange will run from October 16 through October 23. Doctors who donate their time and talents are the heart of any Cleft Medical Exchange. Three doctors going to Cambodia — Dr. Kathy Clinch, Dr. Neil Derechin, and Dr. Chris Tolan, have participated in five LWB surgical trips!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Winston is six months old and has recovered beautifully from his cleft lip surgery one month ago. Read more.