Writing to describe Corrie in an email, for a blog post, seems almost impossible. I may be able to write eloquently on occasion, but finding words to describe this precious girl escape me, I think perhaps because there just are no words.
In one word she is amazing, but that doesn’t cover it.
If it was only me describing her as such I would expect you would think my words probably come from the heart of a mother who loves their children unconditionally, and you would be right, BUT it isn’t just me, there is a huge long list of people who would describe her as such, and I have that list.
Corrie’s history is complex and in places unknown. She came to us when she was approximately 10 months old. She had septicemia originating from a complicated kidney infection, she was near death and gasping when she arrived at the hospital. She was starving and weighed a mere 3kgs.
After 2 months in the hospital, and several month of rehabilitation at home she began gaining weight and growing. Still she had multiple complicated medical problems ongoing.
Corrie’s struggles and medical problems throughout the years have continued to cause problems. Many times it has been three steps forward, five backwards. She has struggled with illness and faced multiple surgeries to repair her imperforate anus.
Through it all she has kept her bright smile and infectious laughter. Everyone who meets her loves her as she never has anything but smiles for anyone she meets.
Her current medical situation is complicated. She is 3.5 years old and has severe delays. She is small, about the size of some of our 2 year olds. Her chromosome panel came back normal BUT every medical professional suspects a chromosomal problem. She appears at first glance to have either Down Syndrome OR Turner’s syndrome however her chromosomes are normal.
Her needs include physical therapy, rehab, ongoing support for her multiple medical needs including imperforate anus, and developmental and speech therapy. We do suspect she is deaf and have been trying to have this evaluated but it has been very difficult to get here.
Corrie needs a family, she deserves a family, and any family would be blessed to have her as their daughter. If we didn't live here, we would adopt her in a heartbeat, but she needs more than we can give. We can't give her the health care and therapy she needs here, it just isn't available. Our lives have been dramatically changed by this little girl.
Corrie's file is being prepared by her orphanage. Corrie needs a serious family, and she needs them ASAP. She doesn't have time to wait much longer here, preferably she needs a family who are close to being able to submit a dossier.
This is an urgent situation. Every day she is here and not getting the help she needs precious time is being wasted. Her doctors have all agreed wholeheartedly and have said she needs to get to America ASAP.
Please help Corrie to find her forever family!
UPDATE: The latest on how Corrie is doing...
"She is amazing and changing so much I tell you! Amazing to see. She is feeding herself (HUGE feat!) she is starting to sign. She signs that she loves me when she sees me then giggles because she thinks it is so cool. She says hello by giving someone a hug, but then she wants to come back to me, it isn't like she has no fear of people, that is just how she says hello! She is AWARE of everything going on around her!"
What a beautiful little girl who is so deserving of family (as is every child!). If anyone would like more information on Corrie and her adoption, please contact Lynsay at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please can we ask that only those who are serious about adopting Corrie inquire at this time. Thanks.
Team One Less Broken Heart