Many of you are familiar with Maddie (Jun Ping) and Noah’s (Tian Duo) story. For those who are not, my husband James and I met them in 2006 when they were both lively toddlers in the China Care program, and we were immediately smitten.
At the end of last year, when she was 6 months old, tiny YeWen arrived at the China Care Home from the Chuzhou Welfare Institution struggling for every breath she took.
HuiJun came to the China Care Home last year, a 1-year-old little girl who was born with a cleft lip and palate, a deformation in her left hand, and no right arm. In just 10 months, HuiJun underwent three surgeries. Her first surgery was to repair her cleft lip. After HuiJun was discharged from the hospital, she recuperated quickly under the loving eye of her foster mom.
FangFang is a 2-year-old boy born with retinoblastoma (eye cancer). When he came to the China Care Home last August, his left eye was atrophied, which required removal, but we were hoping the right eye could be saved.
On New Year’s Day, a journalist from Henan Province found an abandoned struggling newborn baby and took him to the local orphanage. At the orphanage the pale, skinny baby baby was given the name ZhuangZhuang, “be strong,” which reflected their hope that the tiny baby with health problems would find the inner strength to overcome his obvious physical frailty.
ZhuangWei is a boy from Jiangsu Province who had retinoblastoma, a type of eye cancer that takes a long time to cure and needs several rounds of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is grueling for adults never mind little ZhuangWei, who started treatment when he was only 16 months old.
JiaNi (“NiNi”) is much loved by our staff – no one can resist her chubby and rosy cheeks. We especially treasure her every smile because we all know how much she has had to struggle in her short life.
Yan when he arrived at China CareYan was born with a hole in his heart and was abandoned in Shanxi province when he was just a month old. China Care took him into our home and provided the critical surgery to repair his heart.
LiJi was born in the spring of 2007 and abandoned shortly after somewhere in Inner Mongolia, a region in the north of China. The local orphanage sent him to China Care when he was three months old, hoping we could help correct his birth defects – one of his eyes was smaller than normal and he had a deformed thumb.
On March 7, 2006, Zhi was born with a hole in his heart. As luck would have it, he came to China Care and three months later we provided the surgery to repair his heart. He is now a healthy two-and-a-half year-old boy named Nathaniel and lives in upstate New York with his adoptive family, Darlene and Clinton Carroll and big sister AnNi Rose.
Three years ago a two-week old baby girl was found outside a village gate in Taiyuan City in China’s Shanxi Province. She suffered from brachial plexus palsy, which means she had lost movement in her arm, most likely due to damaged nerves as a result of a difficult delivery.
In May 2008, China Care awarded a grant to Harry and Robin Anderson to help them in their quest to adopt a little girl from China. They had been matched with a China Care baby but needed financial assistance to complete the adoption. Just one month later, the Anderson’s were able to take home two-year old Qian, who they named Lyra, and make her part of their family.
In early 2007, Karen and Chad Merlet adopted then two-year old Gui, who had been living in one of China Care’s foster homes. Gui was born with a club foot. China Care provided the critical tenotomy surgery he needed to correct his foot and gave him love and care while he recuperated. Soon after his surgery, the Merlets, who are from Virginia, made Gui part of their family. The Merlets report that after undergoing an additional surgery here in the United States, Gui, who is now Jacob Merlet, is adjusting quite well to his newfound life.