Most cleft lip repair cases are released the next day. Jian Xiu's was no exception. While she still had a mild headache and sore mouth (and understandably did not feel like smiling), she had been examined by the Alice and Simone and could go home.
It was sad for us to see Li Fa and Jian Xiu leave. However, Li Fa invited us to come and visit them in their village. We hope to see them again within the next year to see how life will have changed for Jian Xiu. Li Fa has told us how the children at school were cruel to her and how it broke his heart to see his daughter hurt by their remarks.
It will also be wonderful to see Li Fa's rice farm and home. Sixty-one-year-old Li Fa recently built a small new home for his wife, 87-year-old mother and Jian Xiu--again for Jian Xiu. Their old home had been too far from the village school, so kind Li Fa worked very hard and moved his family closer to the school for Jian Xiu.
Interplast is thankful that it could help fulfill Li Fa's dream for a better life for his beloved adopted daughter. It was all possible because of the great generosity of our local hosts, Interplast's devoted medical volunteers and especially the trip's sponsor, Ronald McDonald House Charities.