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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.

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Aimee and Harley were favorites on the Cleft Exchange because of their social and happy personalities.

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Although they both endured very painful surgeries, they were up and playing the next day.


Harley had a particularly difficult surgery, called a lip abrasion, performed on him. His protruding bone was pushed back and his lip was partially closed in the first of a two-surgery process. In the next few months, we hope Harley can have the second surgery he needs to fully close his lip.

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During the recent Teacher Training trip held by LWB’s Education program, both Aimee and Harley had a great time. Five-year-old Aimee enjoyed being in the center of action and was confident at trying new activities.


She thoroughly enjoyed the crafts and was very proud of her finished masterpiece.


Aimee also enjoyed physical exercises and liked imitating animal walks and playing the game, “Red Light, Green Light.”

Harley, at four years old, loves to cuddle and was happy to stay in someone’s arms all day long.  He enjoyed the activities that were a part of the Teacher Training and worked well in small groups and independently.


The sensory box was definitely one of Harley’s favorites!

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We hope to soon be able to share that these two special children have forever families of their own!

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