Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dutch Cleft Medical Team

There is nothing I love quite as much as watch a cleft lip surgery. It is almost like a miracle that happens in front of you eyes.  You watch how in the hands of trained professional a child's face gets transformed for life. We are in day 3 of hopefully helping 30 kids get their lips and palates repaired. I am proud to be associated with this team from the Netherlands who came last year and whose goal it is to help the children of China this year again.  I am also very proud of the work that Care 4Tina has done to arrange all of this, and for the passion they have to be of service.  It has been amazing to see this foundation from the start to see see how they have grown and how much they have been able to accomplish.

On the first day Michelle and Lexie had their lips repaired.  Ryan, Elise, Windee and Isaac had surgery on day two. Scheduled on day 3 is Angela's palate and Ethan's lip

My most favorite story of the day:  After Lexie came home, Mila came to get me and she rook my hand and walked to where Lexie was telling me all the time that Meimei had a bobo pointing to her lip. I am so moved by her compassion for her little sister.  She shares a nanny with Lexie.

I am including some of of my favorite photos!

Life, love and laughter,

At Starfish, we have taken care of 132 children to date, arranged more than 130 surgeries and had 57 international adoptions, so our little starfishes live all over the globe: the US, Netherlands, Norway, France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Canada and in China.  Our latest adoption, our first baby to Australia on April 11th, 2011.  We currently have 46 babies under the age of 3.  

We have a Dutch medical team in Xian and are all working at getting 30 cleft lip and palate surgeries done by April 30th, 2011.

Starfish Children's Services
US Tax Number:  20-4682916
Xian China
Cell: 86.1348.812.4847


redmaryjanes said...

It looks like they did an amazing job!

Rachel Mcgee said...

How's Luke doing? Has he gotten his surgery yet?