Family Stories

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Anna's Story (Microtia/Atresia)

Anna's Story (Microtia/Atresia)
The special need listed on Anna's medicals from China were Otocleisis and Rickets. The Otocleisis ended up being microtia/atresia and the rickets were non-existent. Anna's microtia, or "little ear" as Anna likes to call it, is the least of our worries. Anna definitely knows that she has one little ear and one big ear, but at this point it doesn't really affect our daily life. Occasionally we will have other children ask, "What happened to her ear?" Read More

Grace's Story (Hip Dysplasia)

Grace's Story (Hip Dysplasia)
Grace was adopted in 2006 at the age of 4 ½. Her adoption paperwork listed her special need as “deformity of the legs.” Within hours of her adoption, it was fairly obvious to us as her new parents that her hips were displaced. When we would set her in our laps, we could feel a distinct “popping” or “clicking.” Shortly after her arrival home to the United States, the diagnosis of bilateral hip dysplasia was confirmed.
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(Ventricular Septal Defect - VSD)

(Ventricular Septal Defect - VSD)
I have had a heart for adoption for a long time, since I was a teenager and began hearing stories of little girls being adopted from China. The thought of all these children growing up in orphanages without a family was heartbreaking to me. We have two children that are adopted and have special needs. Our son's special need is a heart defect, specifically a Ventricular Septal defect. We were open to this need because it is fairly common and generally requires only one procedure to repair. Read More