In the 1980s, many of us sang along with Tommy Tutone: “Jenny, Jenny, you’re the girl for me. You don’t know me but you make me so happy.” Now we bring you the story of Jenny from Heartbridge Healing Home, a girl in desperate need of a family who brings happiness to all of us as we see her sweet personality emerging each month. This is her story.
A few months ago, we were contacted by an orphanage about a baby girl in their care who was extremely ill. She had an infected colostomy, was running high fevers, and getting weaker by the day. We moved little Jenny to our Heartbridge Healing Home outside of Beijing, and she was almost immediately hospitalized.
As tests were run, we learned that in addition to anal atresia, Jenny was also born with a missing kidney. The one kidney she did have wasn’t functioning well due to infection and a possible neurogenic bladder. After consults with doctors in the U.S. and China, Jenny was moved to a top children’s hospital in Shanghai, and the decision was made to give Jenny a urological stoma. Within 24 hours, she began to get better, and just a few days later she was doing so well that she was discharged back to Heartbridge. She had come through a very scary health crisis, and now could settle into life exploring her baby room.
Jenny urgently needs to be adopted, however. She will need her colostomy reversed, and she will need a pediatric urologist to come up with the best surgical plan for her so she can have the healthiest life possible. This precious one-year-old truly NEEDS a family, so she can get the medical care she requires and have a beautiful life. We will do everything we can to keep her healthy until a family can make her their daughter.
Thank you for letting your friends and family know Jenny is waiting for her family to find her — and bring her home!
Love Without Boundaries proudly advocates for adoption but is not an adoption agency. We invite you to contact [email protected] 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.