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2018 Cleft Medical Exchange: Day Four

Day Four of our 2018 Cleft Medical Exchange is now a wrap, and today nine more children received surgery today.  The team is feeling very tired, but everyone is determined to see the rest of the children healed who qualified for surgery.

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2018 Cleft Medical Exchange: Day Three

Tuesday was a truly great day in Lanzhou, with a whole lot of healing going on. Friendships are being made among the families and caregivers waiting for their children to have surgery, and the whole mood of the hospital was one of excitement.

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Focus on Tibet: Our October eBay Auction

Over the years we have done some work in the Tibetan Plateau in the Qinghai province of China.

In addition to working with individual families in need there, we have helped purchase wool for winter coats, thick woolen blankets and mattresses, and traditional Tibetan robes to protect against the harsh winter temperatures and windy conditions. Read more.

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Briella: Cleft Surgery for a Nomadic Family

Although we have done some work on the Tibetan Plateau through our Unity Initiative, we recently received our first application from a Mongolian family living there:  Briella and her mom. Briella’s mother is a nomadic herder on the remote grasslands of Qinghai province. During the summer, mother and daughter live in a tent as they follow a herd of grazing yaks. In the winter, when temperatures can get to -30 Celsius, they live in an earthen house with other herders in a remote village. Read more.

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Celebrating the Dads Who Touch Our Hearts

On Father’s Day in the US, many of us reflect on childhood memories with our father. Some of us are fortunate enough to spend Father’s Day surrounded by our family, making memories we hope will last for years to come. Fatherhood is definitely a privilege worthy of celebration.

Ayres family

As a Board Member of LWB, I have been blessed to witness a number of men show me what it truly means to be a father. Read more

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Improved Mobility for Hayden and Ben

Through the generosity of our supporters and the efforts of our amazing LWB team members, we were able to make a real difference in the lives of two boys with very limited mobility: Hayden and Ben.

Early this year, we became aware of an older Tibetan boy who was unable to walk and spent his life crawling. He was born with limb differences and lost his mother and father shortly after birth. He lives with his extended family members very close to Mt. Everest. Read more

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Farewell to Laurel and Her Dad

Saying goodbye is often sad, but when we’re able to say goodbye knowing that a child we’ve come to care for is now able to function in life without crippling and constant pain, it’s a bittersweet farewell.

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Laurel came to our Loving ARMs Healing Home as a recipient of help through our Unity Initiative. She lives with her family in a remote part of the Tibetan Plateau, and she and her father literally had to climb a mountain to get medical care (read more in, “Climbing Mountains For Laurel“). Read more.

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Yak Delivery on the Tibetan Plateau

Back in April of this year, we learned about a little boy named Samuel from the Tibetan Plateau who needed cleft lip and palate repair surgery.

TibetanfamilySamuel (center) with his family

Samuel traveled with his uncle and his father from their remote home to our Cleft Medical Exchange in Kaifeng, Henan. Read more.

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Day Three of the 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

Our team’s day began with morning rounds to check on the children who had surgery yesterday and to make sure the kids on deck were all still doing well.

CME2015AbeDrClinchAbe checks out Dr. Clinch

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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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