The 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

2015 Cleft Exchange

We are excited to announce LWB's 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange trip running from April 12-18. Dr. Tolan, Dr. Clinch, Dr. Tollefson, Dr. Derechin and a team of volunteers will be returning to China to perform approximately 35 cleft lip and palate surgeries on children from various provinces. Partnering with Kaifeng Children’s Hospital, the American doctors will also provide training in advanced cleft lip and palate procedures. Chinese and American doctors will also discuss advanced cleft lip and palate procedures, thus helping children receive quality cleft repairs for years to come.

2014 Cleft Exchange Medical Team

Here are a few before and after shots from our last cleft exchange trip, held in 2014:


Robert Owen

Before and after cleft surgery:  Winston (top) and Robert Owen

We are in need of sponsors to partner with us to make these surgeries happen. The approximate cost of surgeries is $750 each, but we also need general donations to cover the cost of the children's transportation, supplies, and other necessary costs. Please consider giving a general cleft exchange donation to help with the trip expenses or sponsoring an individual child for surgery as they are posted to our medical program's sponsorship page. The transformations will amaze you.

Here are some of the faces of the children scheduled to be helped during this year's exchange trip.

2015 Cleft Exchange Collage

Thank you for your help in providing these children the gifts of hope and healing!

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