Gracie: A Light in the Heart

…beauty is a light in the heart. ~ Khalil Gibran

I had the privilege of holding Gracie, who has Treacher Collins Syndrome, almost exactly one year ago, when she had a bone conduction hearing aid, generously donated by Oticon Medical, fitted on her head for the very first time. (See last year’s post, “Gracie”). Although two years old, Gracie was most comfortable being held by me like a younger baby. It had to have been new and confusing for Gracie to start hearing sound, especially with all the commotion in the orphanage with our visit that day.

Gracie had had little opportunity to hear sound and develop her communication skills up until then. She did not noticeably interact with me very much that day, but I hoped she could feel my love for her through my arms as I held her.  

What a difference one year has made! Gracie is now walking, interacting, smiling, and sharing, as you can see in these six brief videos:

While it may be natural to first notice Gracie’s different facial appearance, it is her loving heart that people remember.

Those around Gracie have the privilege of seeing this sweet girl’s beauty. It is our fondest hope that there is a family who will see this light and beauty and claim the privilege of making Gracie a part of their family.

~Sheri Russon is LWB’s Chief Financial Executive

We highly recommend the blog, “Reflections on Treacher Collins Syndrome” to get an idea for the limitless possibilities available to someone with this condition. Most people with Treacher Collins syndrome have normal intelligence and can lead regular lives.

Love Without Boundaries proudly advocates for adoption but is not an adoption agency. We invite you to contact adoptionassistance@lwbmail.com with questions about a child we have featured and encourage you to contact your local adoption agency for more information about China’s Waiting Child Program.

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