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Eye On Texas: Shanghai Orphans

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Shanghai Orphans—Five Chinese orphans from Shanghai Children’s Welfare Institute underwent life-changing craniofacial surgeries at Dallas’ Medical City Hospital in April 2001. New York-based Grace Children’s Foundation organized their travel. The orphans, dubbed the “Shanghai Five” by volunteers, were flown with their caregivers to Dallas by Northwest Airlines through its Friend of China program. A team of surgeons at Medical City, headed by Dr. Jeffrey Fearon, performed the operations for free. These images are part of the photographic coverage for stories written by Esther Wu and Karen Thomas for The Dallas Morning News.