Meet some of the children from the 2016 mission

Surgery in 2016 for hip dislocation

Surgery in 2016 for scoliosis

Surgery in 2016 for Polydactyly of left hand and bilateral feet 

Surgery in 2016 for hip dislocation

In 2013 Dorje, then nine years old, went through an eight hour surgery to straighten his spine, with amazing results.

 

Dorje is from a small yak herding community in northern Sichuan. Before the surgery, his life was pretty much resigned to being little more than the family servant. There’s not much use for education, since with a disability like this, his work opportunities are close to zero, his marriage possibilities are close to zero, and his life expectancy is heart-breakingly low.  

 

Now, four years on, Dorje is just like all the other kids, back at school, and healthy as an ox.  

Meet some of the children from past missions:

Xiao Wen came to the mission through the amazing group One Less Orphan.  She was this vivacious 5 year old who had surgery for her macrodactyly index and long fingers.

 

I will always have this image of Xiao Wen and Ben Jia hand in hand running through the corridors of the hospital. From their stories both of them had had a lifetime of being teased because of their disabilities, made fun of for being different.  But here, they weren't being judged, they were free to just be themselves and be together.  The image and thought of them together still brings tears to my eyes.

Xiao Peng comes from the Sunrise Orphanage in Hebei, and was on the 2016 mission getting surgery for Equimus Contracture.  

Like a number of the children who were on the mission that year, Xiao Peng has Cerebral Palsy.  It was a real eye opener seeing how much love and care though these children were given by their caregivers, and all the hospital staff.  

Weiwei was on the 2016 mission, but lives at the Prince of Peace Children's Home in Tianjin, near Beijing.  

He was one of the bright stars of the mission, and since he spent most of the time in a 3/4 body cast, after his hip surgery, we'd all just end up hovering around his bed.  He was so interested in everything and everyone, learning English, singing songs...he was a real joy to be around.

Qiaoqiao was also on the 2016 mission, and from the same orphanage as Weiwei, the Prince of Peace Children's Home in Tianjin.  

She had surgery on her hip, and so also had to stay in bed for a couple weeks, so we would end up jumping back and forth between her bedside and Weiwei's bedside, reading books, telling stories, but her favourite thing was when we'd bring her chocolate...ah that made her happy!   

In 2013 Dorje, then nine years old, went through an eight hour surgery to straighten his spine, with amazing results.

 

Dorje is from a small yak herding community in northern Sichuan. Before the surgery, his life was pretty much resigned to being little more than the family servant. There’s not much use for education, since with a disability like this, his work opportunities are close to zero, his marriage possibilities are close to zero, and his life expectancy is heart-breakingly low.  

Now, four years on, Dorje is just like all the other kids, back at school, and healthy as an ox.  

Ben Jia is also from Western China, and lives with his grandmother in a small rural community.  He was on the 2016 mission, and had surgery on his quite extreme scoliosis.    

It was so much fun getting to know him during those two weeks in Yantai, and watching him just gel with all the other kids.  All of these children just running around the hospital ward, hand in hand, laughing, playing, it was really heartwarming. 

Jigtso was also on the 2013 mission, with Dr Rinsky and Dr Chang performing the surgery on his scoliosis. He is doing really well, and like Dorje, is running around and getting into trouble like all the other kids.

 

Similar to Dorje, he is from a small yak herding community in Western China, and is now enrolled in school, and has the same opportunities as his classmates have, to lead a normal healthy life.  

Sonam was known as the little princess during the mission in 2016.  She had this way about her that just had everyone running around doing little chores for her.  It was adorable really.  

 

Like all the other children from her same area, she was in Yantai to have surgery to straighten the curvature of her spine. Hers was one of the few surgeries that I was allowed to sit in on, and just that experience of seeing what happens during those 8 hours, was enough to make me want to apply to medical school to be a surgeons.  It's just amazing what those guys do!  

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