Special Care Nursery for Orphaned Babies

Sep 11, 2012

HuiHuan Makes Friends through Smiles

HuiHuan is a three yearold girl whose medical conditions included spina bifida, a tethered spinal cord, split cord malformation and cholesteatoma on the back.

Due to the complexity of her conditions, she was sent to the China Care Home for medical assistance in May.

HuiHuan came to our Home with another child from the same institution who needed a cornea transplant.  When they arrived, HuiHuan followed her big brother everywhere and didn’t play with other children.

In order to help HuiHuan get familiar with the environment, the nannies asked the big brother to join them playing games.  Then HuiHuan also got involved. She began to interact with other children and wouldn’t cry when her big brother left for awhile. She could answer questions clearly, such as “What’s your name?” “How old are you?” “What do you want to eat?” and so on. She became more talkative as she got used to life here and made good friends.

After several days, HuiHuan’s big brother had to leave for the institution. Though she didn’t want him to leave, she calmed down after the nanny explained it to her. Later, if someone asked her about his brother, she answered, “Brother has gone back.”

HuiHuan was hospitalized two weeks after her arrival in Beijing. The surgery fixed all her spinal problems at one time.

When she came back to our Home for post-surgical care, she shouted excitedly when she saw the familiar faces of her nannies, teacher, and other children. It’s obvious she still remembered them. The nanny who took care of her in the hospital said, “When HuanHuan was in the hospital, she often talked about how much she missed JunBing, MingHe, YiYao, Nanny Yuan, Nanny Gong…” The nurses and nannies paid special attention to her wound and it healed well. HuiHuan is a happy girl and smiles at everyone who comes to see her. She is quite interested in the camera and sometimes poses for photographers. Then she asks to have a look at the picture. In addition, HuiHuan loves it most when her nanny tells her stories. She can listen carefully and asks questions about the story now and then. She also retells the stories to her nanny.

In her preschool class, HuiHuan can dance, do arts and crafts, and share. She can help the teacher tidy up tables, collect and wash toys, and throw away trash.  The teacher often praises her for her intelligence and industry. 

HuiHuan continues to recuperate and gets better every day.


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