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To Comfort always, to Relieve often, to Save sometimes
Autumn has made its grand entrance in Beijing this month as we’ve seen winter clothing coming out, changing leaves and shorter days. The streets in our nearby village are lined with rows and rows of bright yellow corn as the time of harvest is upon us. Despite the cooler weather our babies still love playing outside, bundled in their many layers.
 
This month we would like to honor and thank two surgical teams who have helped us yet again with some of our most difficult medical cases.
 
 

Firstly, we thank Pediatric ano-rectal surgeon, Dr. Philip Frykman from Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles and his team. With the support of Mending Kids International (MKI), they came and performed 12 surgeries, several which were very complicated. As he has done in previous years, Dr. Frykman continued to train local surgeons and held a medical conference to benefit them in the treatment of these birth defects. Dr. Frykman’s team along with our medical team and the team at Luoyang Women’s and Children’s Hospital worked tirelessly to make this mission very successful. They expanded their colorectal focus from cases of imperforate anus to include children with Hirschsprung disease (HD) which necessitated specialized intraoperative pathology diagnosis. 
 
 
To quote Dr Frykman, “While this may sound pretty routine in most Western countries, it was anything but that!  Because the LWCH did not perform this very important type of service, NHF Medical Director, Dr. Martin had arranged to have it performed at a nearby hospital with the expertise to perform it rapidly. Unexpectedly, this seemingly straight-forward endeavor required Dr. Martin to take the biopsies (little pieces of tissue) on a hair-raising ambulance ride with full lights and sirens blaring to the first hospital whose sample processing machine was broken! Then across the entire city of Luoyang (pop. 6.5 million) to a second hospital in heavy (and simply crazy traffic of which does not even exist in LA) to achieve a histopathologic diagnosis all while the patient was under anesthesia!  I am happy to report that thanks to this extreme effort on Dr. Martin’s part (including risking his life on the ambulance ride), the little girl had the correct diagnosis (HD) and the right surgery.  While this type of attention to detail and effort to be precise is virtually unheard of in the Chinese medical system, it did provide an example to our Chinese colleagues of how much better Hirschsprung surgery could be performed for patients if pathology is obtained during surgery as is routinely performed in the US and Europe.  At the conclusion of the week, both Dr. Yang and a top-level administrator commented independently that one of the top priorities of the hospital in the next fiscal year was recruitment of a first-class pediatric pathologist and purchasing of equipment to perform intraoperative pathological evaluation!”

Dr. Frykman and his anesthesiologist, Dr. Keith Kimble, have also developed the Frykman-Kimble Stimulator. Thanks to a grant from MKI, they were able to donate three Stimulators. One was given to the Luoyang Women’s and Children’s hospital, one to NHF surgeon Dr. Zhai, and lastly to the local University hospital. Dr. Frykman says, “I have to say that this was a very gratifying moment for both Keith and me to have produced a real, practical and usable stimulator device in surgeons’ hands that works as we intended it to!”
 
Secondly, we would like to thank the MedArt team from Hong Kong who performed Cleft and General surgeries, as well as Urodynamic studies on 22 of our children in the Suzhou University hospital this month. Dr. John Ngan and his team of surgeons have performed surgeries on many of our most complicated cases in Suzhou or in Hong Kong for over 10 years now. We are so grateful for their hearts for our children and their excellent work.

 
 
Quote: “You must give some time to your fellow man. For remember, you don’t live in a world of your own. Your brothers are here too.” Dr. Albert Schweitzer

Joyce
Dr. M J Hill MBBS. FRACGP. AM.
Director/ Founder
News of Hospitalizations and Surgeries

Storm was admitted in Zhengzhou then sent to Luoyang for emergency surgery. 
 
Beatrix, Casson, McKinnley, Leia, and Thunder were sent to Suzhou for neurosurgery.  Beatrix and Casson returned doing well.  Judy-Alexis was admitted in Luoyang then sent urgently to Suzhou for neurosurgery.  We are thankful again to Dr. Yu from Hong Kong and the team in Suzhou who continue to care for children with complicated neurosurgical problems.
 
Barton, Cannan, Celeste, Dalton, Jethro, Joshue, Kiah, Kingston, Layne, Raines, Ricky, and Willard went for surgery at the Luoyang Women and Children’s Hospital with Dr. Frykman and the Mending Kids International team. They have all returned doing well.  Darkon and Xenith were also evaluated by the team. 
 
Archie and Isabella went to Suzhou for surgery with MedArt.  Archie returned doing well, but after a few days needed urgent evaluation in Luoyang.  We are glad he has improved and is now doing well.  Eli, Emma, Kamen, Lilyjoy, LY Dong, LY Xia, Matthew, Nathanael, Shiro, and Sonja were sent to Suzhou for cleft surgery with MedArt and have returned doing well.  Abilene, Heaton, Jeshua, Judson, Lemuel, Lianne, Marcus, Quinlan, Russell, and Yuri were sent to Suzhou for further testing with MedArt and all returned doing very well.
 
Harrison and Madeline went to Shanghai for cleft surgeries sponsored by Ai You Foundation.

Garrick went to the local hospital and returned doing well.  Knox needed to be hospitalized in Luoyang then returned doing better.  Kurt again needed a short hospitalization, returned to us then needed inpatient care again.  He then sadly passed away in the last days of the month.  Mariana needed further inpatient treatment.
 
Suri and Zeke were sent to Hangzhou for heart surgery evaluation.  It was found that Zeke’s condition is not serious enough to need surgery at this time.  Sean and Slade went to Jiaozuo for cleft surgery.
 
News of Confirmed Adoptions and Our Hopes for Adoption

David and Zachary left Beijing for adoption.  We are very pleased to have heard that Walden was adopted earlier this year. We were also excited to have Danika recently visit with her family.
 
     
 
News from Hope Healing Home in Beijing

LG An was admitted.  Simeon returned from evaluation and surgery in Suzhou.  Yuri and Wendy arrived from the Henan units to prepare for surgeries.
 
News from the four Special Care Centers in Henan Province

These centers provide humane and loving medical and hospice care for infants and young children with a range of congenital defects who many times are unlikely to survive under normal circumstances.  Those who survive are great blessings.
 
1. Jiaozuo Show Hope Special Care Center

Brian was readmitted to us.  Yuri and Zeke were transferred to MBHOH.  Yuri and Judson returned after evaluation in Suzhou.  Dalton returned after recovering from surgery in Luoyang.  Zeke returned after evaluation in Hangzhou.  Daniela needed to return to the orphanage.
 
 2. Maria’s Big House of Hope in Luoyang, a Show Hope Special Care Center

Eleanor, Mary-Ann, and Olive were admitted.  Aiken, Christopher-Lee, Meileigh, Steven, and Zion returned from the hospital doing well, but Meileigh again needed to be hospitalized.  Lakyn returned from heart surgery doing very well.  Darkon was sent back to our unit in Zhengzhou, but returned by the end of the month.
 
 3. Xinyang Show Hope Special Care Center

Finn, Jayson, Lauren, and Madria were admitted.  Katarina and Lauren sadly passed away.  Lemuel was transferred to MBHOH then returned after testing in Suzhou.  Doug, Tenley, and Trevor needed to return back to their orphanage. 
 
 4. Zhengzhou Show Hope Special Care Center

Charity, Clay, Jazzy, Thunder, and Ursula were admitted.  Abilene, Heaton, Lianne, Marcus, Quinlan, and Shiro were transferred to MBHOH then returned at the end of the month.  Barton, Cannan, Compton, Jethro, Joshue, and Willard also returned from Luoyang.  Hubert and Maisen returned from surgery in Shanghai.
 Our Thanks



As you can see from the photo above, renovations are well underway in our new Nanyang unit. We hope to be finished with renovations by the end of November and are on track to open in January 2015.

We would like to thank the Foundation Rolf Schnyder for their sponsorship of part of the new Nanyang center.

If you would like to sponsor a room or donate towards the renovation costs, please e-mail robin@hopefosterhome.com

We would also like to thank the ANZA group for covering the costs of Brent's upcoming heart surgery.

We are so grateful to all who support this work here in China in so many ways.

Our Needs

As always we do need ongoing support for the running costs in Beijing. We would like to ask that you consider this area of giving. Our expected costs are US $15,000 for coal to cover this winter. We are also expecting an electricity bill of over US $12,000 to cover the last 6 months.
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Travelers Needed
We are in need of travelers from the US, UK and Australia to Beijing to help bring in much needed supplies for our children. None of these supplies are “restricted items” and do not have to be declared at customs. The items will be mailed to you within country. New Hope Foundation staff will be at the airport to pick up the supplies in Beijing. If you able to help or know of other travelers who are willing to help please contact the following:

a) From the US: Rebecca Dorris, Tennessee, Phone: 615-371-5221   rsdorris@gmail.com

b) From the UK:  Jennifer Drake, Surrey  china.drake@gmail.com

c) From Melbourne, Australia: Topsy D’Cruz  topsydcruz@gmail.com  
Address: 18 Sassafras Dr, Lower Templestowe Victoria  3107, Australia
Phone: 03 98504339     Mobile: 0400 585 379

d) From Sydney, Australia: Susan Mukundan  susan_mukundan@hotmail.com 
Phone:  02 94888101    Mobile:   0414 911 309