Fund critical surgery for 6 Chinese orphans

 
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Jan 18, 2013

A Baby Has Landed

Beautiful Baby ZZT
Beautiful Baby ZZT

Each time we share a new baby's story with you, we are reminded of the poem "The Babies Are Landing" by Joan Margalith:

...There are so many places to land on Earth.
It all gets decided long before birth.
Every baby's landing is carefully planned
at this very moment, in that very land.
And it's just as sure as the nose on your face,
that each baby lands in exactly the right place...

Baby ZZT has indeed landed at just the right place—into the loving hands of the caregivers at Swallows Nest Children's Home in China. She is the first child that The Red Thread Promise is sponsoring in 2013.

Born with hydrocephalus, she has many challenges ahead. We are grateful that she has already received surgery for her condition and is recovering in the skilled hands of Swallows Nest's nannies. With your support, Baby ZZT will continue her recovery and grow into the healthy child she was meant to be. Her monthly care is $175 ($125 for the nanny, $50 for foster care).

Thank you for your generous gift to this project.

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Oct 15, 2012

The toddlers are coming!

Handsome JH!
Handsome JH!

We can't call these little ones babies anymore! They are growing into beautiful healthy toddlers thanks to your generous donations and continued support.

Together we've been providing post-surgical care for little JH following successful surgery for Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome. In our last report he finally made it to the CCAI website for adoption. He continues to thrive at Swallows Nest and ...(drum roll please)... JH has been matched with a family! He will join several other siblings with his forever family in the near future. In the meantime, he gets plenty of practice getting along with the other children in the foster home and loves to play on the balcony in the sunshine. 

Little XX is also getting bigger every day. Born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, she received successful surgery thanks to your generosity. After our last report in August, she was hospitalized with an infection and fever. Thankfully, she has recovered fully and is getting along well with the other toddlers in the home, especially all the little boys. She is going to be a heartbreaker! The most recent photos we have of her is from May 2012. What a beautiful smile.

Only a few days ago, Swallows Nest introduced us to 4 new little faces. We hope to introduce you to one or all of them in our next report. Thank you for your continued support of these little ones.

JH & one of the nannies
JH & one of the nannies
JH & friends
JH & friends
Sweet XX
Sweet XX
XX
XX's back has healed beautifully
Jul 30, 2012

Your donations paying off for Baby JH

JH practicing walking
JH practicing walking

Thanks to your generous support of Baby JH, he has now made it to the CCAI website for adoption! He is growing like a weed and beginning to walk following his successful surgery for Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome (TSCS). As we shared in our last report, TSCS is a neurological disorder caused by tissue attachments that limit the movement of the spinal cord within the spinal column. The Red Thread Promise will continue to support little JH until he is matched with his forever family which we hope will be very soon due to his greatly improved health and sweet face! $175 per month covers his nanny and foster care, clothing, food and routine medical care.

Please join us in supporting Baby JH and other children with spina bifida in its many forms.

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Apr 24, 2012

Two Bundles of Chinese Joy

JH, May 2011
JH, May 2011

2012 has brought 2 adorable children to our doorstep. Meet JH and Baby XX.  

JH came to Swallows Nest (our partner foster home in the Henan Province) in May of 2011 with Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome. TSCS, a condition closely linked to spina bifida, is a neurological disorder caused by tissue attachments that limit the movement of the spinal cord within the spinal column*. Thankfully, our partners in China are turning JH's once dim future into a bright one. He has already received his surgery, a great blessing, and the prognosis is good!

Lili, JH's caregiver, says that he is a shy boy and is beginning to crawl and stand alone. He gets along with the other children and is a good eater. (And might we add that he is adorable?!)

The Red Thread Promise is sponsoring JH's care until he is matched with his forever family. His file is currently being prepared for adoption. $175 per month will cover his nanny and foster care, clothing, food and some medical care. Please join us in supporting JH during his time in China. (If you would like more information about his adoption, please contact kathy@redthreadpromise.org. While we are not an adoption agency, we do love putting prospective parents in touch with children in need of loving permanent homes.)

In December 2011, another bundle of joy joined us on this earth, a baby girl named Baby XX. A moment that should have brought great wonder, brought a dim future for this little one—she was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Hydrocephalus is a buildup of fluid inside the skull, leading to brain swelling. The name literally means "water on the brain." This buildup of fluid puts pressure on the brain, pushing the brain up against the skull and damaging or destroying brain tissues. Hydrocephalus may start while the baby is growing in the womb. It is commonly present with myelomeningocele (aka spina bifida), a birth defect involving incomplete closure of the spinal column.**

Thankfully, Baby XX has already received her initial surgery and a follow-up CT scan, great steps toward a healthy future. Since then, she has been cuddled, loved and cared for by the specially trained nannies at Swallows Nest and is doing well. Her road to recovery is long—it holds numerous post operative medical appointments as well as a follow-up CT scan—but we have great hope for this little one. Thanks to Swallows Nest, she will be in the arms of people who love her and are trained in the care of children with such conditions until she is available for adoption.

The Red Thread Promise is committed to supporting Baby XX’s post surgical care until she is matched with her forever family. It is estimated that she may be in foster care for two or more years due to the severity of her special needs. For $175 per month, together we can provide for her nanny as well as her medical needs, food and clothing.

Once again, this is a perfect example of how your generous hearts are helping special needs children in China.

* National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

** Excerpts from the U.S. National Library of Medicine

JH and Lili, his caregiver, March 2012
JH and Lili, his caregiver, March 2012
Baby XX, January 2012
Baby XX, January 2012
Baby XX, March 2012
Baby XX, March 2012

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Jan 23, 2012

Baby Xin Xin

Baby Dang, post surgery
Baby Dang, post surgery

In December 2011, another bundle of joy joined us on this earth, a baby girl named Xin Xin. A moment that should have brought great wonder, brought a dim future for this little one—she was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Hydrocephalus is a buildup of fluid inside the skull, leading to brain swelling. The name literally means "water on the brain." This buildup of fluid puts pressure on the brain, pushing the brain up against the skull and damaging or destroying brain tissues. Hydrocephalus may start while the baby is growing in the womb. It is commonly present with myelomeningocele (aka spina bifida), a birth defect involving incomplete closure of the spinal column.* 

Thankfully, our partners in China are turning Xin Xin's once dim future into a bright one. We learned that she recently received her initial surgery, a great blessing. Her road to recovery is long—it holds numerous post operative medical appointments as well as a follow-up CT scan—but we have great hope for this little one. Thanks to Swallows Nest, she will be in the arms of people who love her and are trained in the care of children with such conditions.

The Red Thread Promise will be supporting Baby Xin Xin’s post surgery care until her adoption. It is estimated that she may be in foster care for two or more years due to the severity of her special needs.

Baby Xin Xin is still very young so we don’t know what other complications she may have. Please keep Xin Xin and her caregivers in your thoughts and prayers and consider helping The Red Thread Promise show this little one how much we care.

* Excerpts from the U.S. National Library of Medicine

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Kathy Korge Albergate

New Orleans, LA United States

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