Smile Train's First Patient Welcomes New Son Wang Xiao Yu

Beijing, China — On this inaugural #GivingTuesday, it is with great pleasure that we welcome the newest member of the Smile Train Family, Wang Xiao Yu, into the world.

Our first patient, Wang Li, who married the love of her life earlier this year, gave birth to her healthy son, Wang Xiao Yu in the early hours of Nov. 16.

Wang Xiao Yu came a bit earlier than expected, and his family was caught off guard at his arrival. Wang Li’s husband was out of town on Nov. 15, and had to rush back to see Wang Li and Wang Xiao Yu as fast as he could. He joined them in the hospital that evening. Weighing 7 pounds, Wang Xiao Yu is a healthy and strong little boy and the pride of his parents.

Wang Li and her husband chose the name Xiao, which means "Smile" in Chinese as a testament to her own experiences, the joys they have shared, and their hopes for their newborn son.

Wang Li told us that the only gift she would like is for us to give more children the same chance for a normal life that she had. In honor of this wonderful event and per Wang Li's wishes, we are collecting donations in Wang Xiao Yu's name so that his smile not only lights up the lives of his family, but also the lives of many other families and children throughout the world.

Wang Li is more than ready for motherhood, and wants to share her experience with all of our other patients and others still waiting for surgery, telling us "I want to be a leading example for other cleft children to live a new and meaningful life."

Please join us in congratulating Wang Li and her family by making a donation in Wang Xiao Yu's honor. Together, we can provide free cleft surgery to the more than one million children who are still suffering, so that one day they can grow up and experience the same joys that Wang Li has.

You can also leave a message for the happy family below: