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Day Four of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

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Today our team was able to discharge our first three patients. Dave and August left with their families, who were all overjoyed with the surgery results. Even though the kids who come to our trips are only with us for a few days, it is still always so hard to say goodbye. Read more.

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Day Two of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

Today was a very busy day for the team, and it began early this morning with the official opening ceremony and formal team photo. We are so grateful to everyone in the picture for giving both their hearts and their time to help some truly wonderful kids receive surgery.

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At 9 a.m., the first surgeries got underway. First up in the operating room was baby August. Read more.

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Valentina: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

All of the babies who come to True Children’s Healing Home (TCHH) in Fujian undergo a transformation on their journey to health, but some babies change so quickly it is truly remarkable.

Valentina upon arrival at healing homeIn February a precious little package arrived at TCHH from the northern province of Shandong. Tiny Valentina was eight months old and tipped the scales at less than eight pounds. At her home orphanage, she struggled to feed, and she arrived dehydrated with a diagnosis of failure to thrive. Read more.

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Connections

Last week I got an email from Stefani Ellison at Children’s House International. Their agency was just assigned the Heze orphanage in Shandong province to help place children for adoption, and Stefani was especially touched by one little girl that their staff had met on their visit. This little girl’s special need limited her to only being able to take a few steps unassisted. Stefani emailed me to find out if we had a supplier of posterior walkers in China as she wanted to get this little girl one to help her mobility. I have to say that as someone who grew up WITHOUT the internet (yes, I just gave away my age), at times I am still in awe at how fast it allows us to get help to those in need.
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