HaiXia was 7 years old when she was admitted to the China Care Home in June 2013. She was shorter than her peers due to dislocation of her hip joint on the right side. She looked like a three-year-old girl as her height was only 92 cm. But her intellectual development was quite good. She could talk and communicate with others well, sing songs, write numbers and characters, read, and draw pictures.
A few days after HaiXia’s arrival, we took her to see an orthopedic doctor in Beijing’s Jishuitan Hospital. After the X-rays were reviewed, the doctor said her case was complex and that we should take her to see more doctors. In the following three months, we took HaiXia to several different hospitals in Beijing and looked for the best doctors for her. They consulted to see if an operation was feasible. They agreed the surgery should have been done before the age of seven to ensure a better prognosis. HaiXia was seven years and four months old then so she needed the surgery soon.
While waiting for her surgery at the China Care Home, HaiXia got along well with the nannies and other children. She was polite and said “thanks” often. She liked to read and write. She is a quick learner. She would learn to write a number or simple character after her nanny taught her only a few times. We told HaiXia about the upcoming surgery. She was very cautious after knowing that. She often said to her nanny: “I won’t walk fast. I must be very careful and not fall over. I’m going to have the surgery.”
In November, HaiXia was admitted to the hospital and the surgery was done successfully. One week later, HaiXia was discharged with casts on both legs. She had to lie in bed for five weeks and then the casts would be removed. Though it hurt, HaiXia didn’t cry. She believed that she would walk much better after she recovered. To help her pass the time, her nanny read her stories and taught her to sing new songs. HaiXia remained in good spirits. In December, we got news from the institution that she had an adoptive family. The parents had intended to adopt HaiXia before Christmas, but HaiXia still had casts on. Therefore, they postponed the adoption date and sent a lovely letter and photos to HaiXia. She was thrilled to hear the news and see their photos. She showed her parents’ photo to everyone in her room and said, “Look! They are my father and mother.”
At the end of December, the casts on HaiXia’s legs were removed and she began to wear leg orthoses. She needed to wear them for six months. She was picked up by the institution on January 1st and would meet her parents one week later. She is such a sweet and outgoing girl and we know she will thrive in her new family.