Friday, November 14, 2008

Andrey Update

I blogged back in 2006 about my trip to Kazakhstan where I worked for ten days in a few orphanages where disabled children lived. While there, we met Andrey -- a boy with a severe cleft palate that left a gaping hole in the middle of his face. After some pleading (and much prayer) the orphanage workers brought Andrey out to meet us. After our brief visit, we continued to stay in touch with Andrey and the orphanage workers and for two years prayed and waited for a way to bring Andrey to the U.S. for surgery.

He was able to come and stayed in Detroit for nearly a year, at which time, he underwent three operations -- all done gratis by the surgeon!

Andrey, his surgeon, and his host family (who are the friends I went to KZ with in 2006) are all featured in a video (link below) that was produced by a local news station in Detroit. You will have to copy and paste the link into your browser in order to view. The video is about five minutes long.


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