Meet James, whose smile shines bright like a star! This happy six-year-old has Down Syndrome, and we are thrilled to have him as a student in our Believe in Me orphanage school in Shaoguan where he is learning and making friends.
Tag Archives: Down Syndrome
On January 4, little Val came to stay with us at our Heartbridge Healing Home. She had just finished a round of IV pneumonia medication and needed some tender loving arms wrapped around her to talk sweetly and hold her close while rocking her to sleep.
Life was tough for this little one, then ten months old. Born with a heart condition and Down Syndrome, Val struggled to pack on the pounds. She needed some extra weight on her tired little body in order to be able to fight her way through her much-needed heart surgery. Read more.
For most of her four years of life, Roberta has been living in the orphanage in Xiaoxian. Just a few months ago, her orphanage felt that she was ready to experience life in a family, and we were so pleased to be able to offer her that opportunity. Roberta is the very first child with Down Syndrome to be placed with a foster family in her village!
This young trailblazer is a beautiful and active four-year-old who knows her own mind. Her foster mom says that she never has to wonder what Roberta wants! Read more.
Like Gerri, we are excited to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day today! March 21, or 3-21, has been designated as a day to bring awareness to the wonderful children around the world who live each day with a third copy of chromosome 21 in Trisomy-21, the most common form of Down Syndrome. Read more.
This beautiful baby came to us during the last week of 2015, during the season of joy — and thus was named baby Joy!
Joy is ten months old and needs surgery as soon as possible to repair two holes in her little heart which are causing her health to fail. Joy also has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, and it is fairly common for children with Down Syndrome to also have congenital heart issues. Read more.
Hip hip hooray! We are overjoyed to welcome little Miss Gerri to her new foster care family in Sanmenxia.
Gerri is two years old and has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Although she is still a bit wobbly, she can walk and get from place to place. She has been putting a lot of effort into mastering walking! Read more.
About three weeks ago, we learned of a little boy with Down Syndrome who needed immediate help. The photos we saw showed a seven-month-old baby who looked more like a newborn. His furrowed brow and skinny arms touched our hearts, and of course we agreed to do what we could to find out why he could not gain weight. His orphanage allowed us to move him immediately to the hospital for testing and IV nutrition.
The testing we did showed that Auden was unable to process normal formula due to a severe allergy, so his body had become extremely weak. Due to his compromised state, he developed an infection and high fevers. Read more.
October is National Down Syndrome Awareness month, a special opportunity to celebrate and recognized the accomplishments of individuals with Down Syndrome. In recognition, we want to spend time this month celebrating the children from our foster care programs who are waiting to be matched with permanent families through adoption!
Mateo, age 5