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A Look Back: 2016 Medical Program Highlights

The start of a new year is always a great time for reflection, and here at LWB we love the month of January as a time to remember all of the beautiful children who came into our hands the year before. Over the next three days, we want to share some of the highlights from our Medical program, as supporters like you helped so many incredible kids receive life-changing medical care. Let’s go month by month to remember some of the very special children you impacted.

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Personal Reflections on the 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange

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After months of planning and anticipation and one crazy week jam-packed with surgeries, the 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange has concluded. The travelers have all arrived home safely, and I am sure the hospital is happy to have things back to normal as well. Read more.

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The 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange: A Few Farewells and the Final Day of Surgery

Friday in Kaifeng was bittersweet, knowing that it was the final day of surgeries and that the trip was soon coming to a close. We began the day with lots of discharges, and while we were sad to see our little patients go, we are sure the children were ready to leave the hospital! To each of them, we send our warmest thoughts and wishes for a beautiful future.

Mary Beth, Leo, and Violet discharge to our healing homes

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Day Five of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

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

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