2014 Cleft Exchange Trip

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We are excited to announce LWB's 2014 Cleft Medical Exchange trip, beginning April 21st. 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:

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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!

2014 Cleft Exchange TripAbigail, before and after surgery

2014 Cleft Exchange TripJacob,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.

Click here to see 25 of the children scheduled to be helped during this year's exchange trip. Thank you for your help in providing these children the gifts of hope and healing.