All of the babies who come to True Children’s Healing Home (TCHH) in Fujian undergo a transformation on their journey to health, but some babies change so quickly it is truly remarkable.
In February a precious little package arrived at TCHH from the northern province of Shandong. Tiny Valentina was eight months old and tipped the scales at less than eight pounds. At her home orphanage, she struggled to feed, and she arrived dehydrated with a diagnosis of failure to thrive. She was too weak to cry or move around in her crib.
The skilled nannies of TCHH began their around-the-clock care for petite Valentina. Within a week she was well hydrated and increasing her feedings. At the end of a month she began eating noodles and had gained more than one pound! Although she was still weak, she was no longer listless. Her eyes followed everything around her, and she cried when she couldn’t see a nanny but was quickly quieted by a friendly face.
Today, just ten weeks after her arrival, 11-month-old Valentina is sitting independently and now tips the scales at nearly 11 pounds! She likes to listen in on the nannies’ conversations and and adds an occasional “yi yi ya ya.” She giggles when playing peek-a-boo, especially with her favorite nanny. She even tries to pull away the blanket away so she can see her favorite face. We are so glad we could play a part in her story of hope and healing. Keep growing, Valentina! The world is just waiting for you to discover it.
Valentina is in need of monthly sponsors. Sponsorships are $50 per month or $25 per month for a shared sponsorship. As a sponsor, you will receive monthly reports and photos of Valentina detailing her many accomplishments.