2014 Cleft Exchange Trip
We are excited to announce LWB's 2014 Cleft Medical Exchange trip. In April Dr. Ness, Dr. Tolan, and a team of volunteers will be returning to China to perform 20 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. Doctors from all over China will come to improve their skills, thus helping children receive quality cleft repairs for years to come.
From our last cleft exchange trip, held in 2012:
Emma, after surgery with her nanny and Dr. Ness Katherine and Isaac getting ready for palate surgery
Abigail and Jacob, who participated in our last exchange trip, show what a difference a cleft surgery makes. Having a complete smile improves a child’s chance at a healthy life and at finding a family of his or her own. Two-thirds of the children who had surgery during our last exchange have since been adopted!
Abigail, before and after surgery
Jacob,before and after surgery
We are in need of sponsors to partner with us to make these surgeries happen. The approximate cost of surgeries is $500 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.
Below are a few of the precious children who we hope can have their cleft surgeries done during this year's exchange trip. Thank you for your help in providing these children the gifts of hope and healing.