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Catey: Look At Her Now!

In August 2014, a baby girl was born in Anhui province with a cleft lip and palate and an umbilical hernia. We named her Catey and welcomed her to our Anhui Healing Home.

When she was four months old, Catey had surgery to repair her cleft lip. Soon after, she graduated to our Huainan foster care program. With her palate still open, Catey struggled to feed well, and she wasn’t gaining the weight we were hoping for.

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The Year in Foster Care: 2016

As we prepare to ring in the Year of Rooster and farewell the Year of the Monkey, we continue to reflect upon 2016.

This week we feature the children in our foster care programs. Read more.

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Smiles…Thanks to Special Formula!

Twins Reagan and Sydney are smiling thanks in part to their Prenan formula. These adorable sisters were born prematurely in February, and Prenan is especially formulated for premature infants like them. It helps to increase weight and rapid growth in infants with low birth weight. Don’t these sisters look wonderful?

Sometimes the standard, off-the-grocery shelf formula isn’t able to meet the nutritional needs of a medically fragile child, and a specialized formula is the key to helping them heal. Read more.

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Special Formula: Not Just for Babies

When we think of formula, babies typically come to mind. And it’s true that our Special Formula Fund is most often used to provide formula for fragile babies in our Medical and Healing Homes programs. However, did you know that we have a number of toddlers and older children in our foster care programs who benefit greatly from a special formula called Nutren?

Catey 2.16Catey: January 2016

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Catey and Ander, Thriving with Special Formula

When a child enters our foster care program, we are concerned with all aspects of their development including how they are growing. Foster care managers visit the children in our programs once a month, and we can closely track their development.  Last spring, our foster care managers and coordinators noticed that Catey and Ander, who had already had cleft repair surgery, still weren’t gaining weight, and so they contacted our Nutrition program for help.

Catey 4.15Catey in April 2015

Sometimes children continue to have difficulty feeding even after surgery. When this happens, we turn to special formula to make every drop count. 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.

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.

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