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Patrick Cao and his family are traveling from a village in Anwei to Nanjing where he be getting surgery with our friends from Children of China Pediatric Foundation. Patrick has a deformed spine and will be operated on by Dr. David Roye of Columbia University.

We are so excited! Patrick has been living with this condition since birth but his family has not been able to afford surgery. Finally he is getting the medical treatment he should have had when he was a baby. Thank you CCPF, Dr. Roye, Liz, and Barb for making this possible!

The Lucky Bunny Cleft Kit can reduce the number of abandoned children by giving families the tools and information to care for their child while connecting them with organizations that offer free surgery and support.

The Lucky Bunny Cleft Kit     1 =    $15
The Lucky Bunny Cleft Kit     3 =    $45
The Lucky Bunny Cleft Kit     5 =    $75
The Lucky Bunny Cleft Kit  10 = $150

A few weeks ago there was a story in the news about a baby who was buried alive. The baby had a cleft lip/palate (CLP) and a heart defect. The parents panicked. http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/14/asia/china-baby-buried-alive/

Babies born with cleft lip/palate have a hard time drinking milk because the hole in the top of their mouth and need a specialized bottle to eat and training on how to use the bottle.  Often families in poor rural areas bring home thier child and discover that they cannot feed their child and after days of frusteration will abandon their hungry child.  Our plan is to supply hospitals and clinics with Cleft Kits to being given to the family the day of birth.  If we can help families get through the first few months and connect them with one of the many organizations offering free surgery we believe we can significantly reduce the number of children abandoned. 

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Patrick is from Anwei Province.  He was born with a spinal deformity and we got him surgery with CCPF

The Shanghai Baby Home will have an informational meeting for those who would like to learn more about cleft lip/palate.  You will learn about challenges families face, how to feel a cleft child and how you can help.

Cindy23JuneIn early June 2014 Kyla, an Australian living in Hubei, had seen a family abandon their child.  Kyla ran to the family and begged them to keep their child, to please not leave her.  The family told the familiar story of helplessly watching their child diminish before their eyes.  Their seven month old baby girl was dying of liver failure and needed a transplant.  The only place for a liver transplant was in Shanghai and they had cleaned out their savings, had already borrowed all they could and Shanghai was far away where they knew no one.  They could no longer bear her cries.

Kyla called her friend, our founder, Naomi the only person she knew who lived in Shanghai and asked if she could help.  Naomi said YES! and the family left immediately to buy train tickets.  After a 20 hour train ride, the family arrived and One Less Orphan was born.

Cindy6JuneQuickly the family was shepherded through doctors appointments and was admitted into RenJi Hospital, and the process toward getting needed surgery began.  In the meantime a massive effort was made towards raising the money needed to pay for the expensive surgery.  Baby Chen was given the English name of Cindy was given an There was even an article with The Global Times.

There were many obstacles; bureaucracy to get permission for surgery, family fighting, neither parent could donate their liver while a rare blood type frustrated the wait for a donor, crowded conditions in the hospital made for hard living.  But there were also signposts of Grace; a generous outpouring from the international community, a government bureaucrat who went above and beyond the call of duty, friends who came to care for the young family.  After five long months the liver arrived.

GiangI (Naomi) was on holiday in Vietnam and me being me, wanted to learn about how Vietnam cares for their children.  Through the Dingo Cafe in Hoian I learned about  The Kianh Foundation and Giang, a little girl who was blind and deaf.

Giang is fiercely smart and had a mother who fought hard for her child, but the blind deaf combination was out of skill sets for Kianh.  I introduced  to our friend Petter Vibe at New Wave Hearing in Shanghai.

Originally we talked of a cochlear implant.  However it was quickly discovered that the new hearing aids she had didn’t work properly and for her situation high powered hearing aids were a better option than a cochlear implant.

A brand and make was identified and after a quick fundraising campaign, Giang was fitted with her new hearing aids in DaNang.

This is the familiar story of a family who needed help so their child could thrive.  Thank you Jackie, Nick and Petter for stepping in for this child and her family.