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“唇裂弃婴”牵人心 获美慈善机构帮助
[ 2006-09-23 10:00 ]

唇裂男婴遭父母遗弃 ”的故事经中国日报网站报道以来,引起社会各界的广泛关注,其系列报道随后被新浪、搜狐等各大网站相继转载。9月21日,美国“微笑联盟”慈善机构表示,愿免费为该男婴提供矫正手术。9月17日,这名只有一个月大的“唇裂弃婴”被一位老翁偶然发现。9月18日,中国日报网站对这起事件进行了报道。不想,这竟成了不幸婴儿命运的转折点——一位名叫珍妮·巴特的美国人,在中国日报网站看到了首页上“唇裂男婴”照片后,开始为其奔走。最后,经由南非人阿曼达·德朗热的热心联系,美国非营利性慈善组织“微笑联盟”向婴儿伸出了援助之手,并承诺明年将免费为他做矫正手术。
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A doctor examines the abandoned baby boy with a cleft palate at a local police station in Shenyang, capital of Northeast China's Liaoning Province. [newsphoto]

A doctor examines the abandoned baby boy with a cleft palate at a local police station in Shenyang, capital of Northeast China's Liaoning Province. [newsphoto]

An abandoned Chinese baby boy with a cleft palate may be given a free operation by an American charity after his plight was highlighted on the China Daily website.

He is just one of scores of youngsters the San Francisco-based Alliance for Smiles (AFS) hopes to help while it is in China.

On September 17, the infant was found under a bridge in Shenyang, the capital of Northeast China's Liaoning Province. The child, thought to be about a month old, was taken to the Shenyang Children's Welfare Institute. 

Several pictures  about the baby were published on the China Daily website earlier this week and seen by someone in the United States.

"My friend Jeannie Butler sent me an email from the US about the baby," said South African Amanda Delange, who has been living in Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi Province, for a year, where she has been caring for six orphans.

Delange contacted Jennifer Guerra from AFS, knowing the charity was in China to help children with cleft palates/lips .

Guerra got in touch with Dr Colin C. Wong, leading the current medical team in China. But as Dr Wong had no idea about how to find the boy, he turned to China Daily for help. On September 21, the paper contacted the Shenyang Children's Welfare Institute.

After finding out the baby's age, Dr Wong said it would be risky to do an operation now. But he added: "We will come back next year. Then, if possible, I want to help the boy and do the operation."

He said that this time around, his team will carry out operations on 110 children in Northeast China for free.

The current AFS project, organized with the help of the Shenyang Red Cross Society, focuses on young patients with cleft palates/ lips in Shenyang and other cities in Northeast China, according to Liu Xicheng, vice-president of the Shenyang Red Cross Society.

"Our aim is to provide a free service for children from low-income families and orphans," said Liu.

The medical team has 32 members from around the world including Canada, Australia and America.

In order to help more patients, the local Red Cross started working early last month in Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang Provinces, added Liu.


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