Family Stories

5 posts tagged with "Orthopedic-Conditions"

(Club Feet, Hip Dysplasia, Failure to Thrive)

(Club Feet, Hip Dysplasia, Failure to Thrive)
We adopted our daughter in January 2014 at two years old. She had bilateral club feet, hip dysplasia, and was described as being extremely "undergrown" (in American terms, failure to thrive). She has been home now for six months and has thrived; she has gained weight, grown taller, and has a smile that will light up your world. It was a love for children, and a firm belief on both my husbands part and mine that all children should have a loving family that led us to adopt. Read More

Oliver's Story (Dwarfism)

Oliver's Story (Dwarfism)
Our son Oliver's file stated that his special need was dwarfism and pigeon chest. From the dwarfism we knew that Oliver would be small, but he is small for the dwarfism charts too. He has been home now six months. He has gone from a weak little baby weighing 13 pounds, who could barely hold his head up, to a mischievous smart toddler. Oliver runs around our house and town spreading joy and melting hearts wherever he goes. He loves to make people laugh, and he loves to snuggle. Read More

(Club Foot)

(Club Foot)
We adopted our son in January 2013. He was 2 years old. He had a left clubbed foot. He could walk. We had previously adopted our daughter in 2008 and always felt very comfortable and confident with adoption. We were open to our son's special need because we felt like we could handle the treatment process. It was not scary to us at all. Overall it has not been a very difficult process but has required patience with the delay in gross motor skills and then during the casting and surgeries. Read More

TJ's Story (Missing Limb)

TJ's Story (Missing Limb)
I actually met my son in his orphanage months before I considered adoption. I saw this adorable little boy sitting in a little bamboo walker in the corner, and I went right over to pick him up. His nanny ran over and began rolling up his sleeve to show me he was missing his lower arm and hand. Physical birth defects in many countries carry such a huge stigma, and his orphanage director told me that most likely his only chance at finding a family was through international adoption. 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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