HuiJun: A Delightful Boy
2-year-old HuiJun was admitted to the China Care Home in July, 2011. He was born with finger and toe deformities called syndactyly in which several fingers are fused together. That of course affected the function of his hands and because he also had a deformed toe that turned upward, he had trouble walking and wearing shoes. After his arrival, our nurse also found HuiJun had a hernia.
HuiJun cried for a long time because he was not used to the new environment. His nanny gave him a lot of toys, but he just turned away. Finally, he stopped crying when his nanny carried him to the window and asked him to look through the window at the cars running on the street.
In August, HuiJun was hospitalized for surgery to separate his fingers and cut off his deformed toe. After the surgery, the wound was bound with gauze and he came back to the China Care Home to recover. Then HuiJun went back into the hospital for successful hernia surgery and returned again to recuperate.
At first HuiJun was timid. Sudden or loud sounds frightened him and he ran to his nanny crying. Then he would bury his head in his nanny’s arms and gradually calm down as the nanny comforted him by patting his back and talking to him gently. If visitors came in, he would hide behind the door or his nanny. Soon after the visitors left, he would come out and play happily.
Now HuiJun is an active boy. He doesn’t like to stay in the nursery -- he likes to walk around in the corridor. Whenever the nanny tells him “Let’s go out,” he opens the door and walks out quickly. He walks better than he used to after the surgery and his hands function well. He can pick up and hold small objects.
HuiJun is good at imitating others. When his nanny teaches him a gesture or movement, he does it to perfection. HuiJun can say some simple words like “da, ayi, mama, bye bye…” and understand his nanny’s instructions like: “JunJun, give me your socks. I’ll help you put them on.”
After months of recovery from his latest surgery, HuiJun was released from the China Care Home. HuiJun is a delightful boy who often made the nannies laugh. The entire China Care staff misses him, but everyone hopes he will stay healthy and that he will be adopted soon.