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An Update on Erin from the Heartbridge Pediatric Healing Unit

“What’s that? Can you tell me again how beautiful I am? I can’t hear it enough!”

I’m pleased to share with you Erin’s most recent update from our Heartbridge Pediatric Healing Unit:

Name: Erin
Gender: Female
Birthday: November 2008
Special Need: Abdominal Obstruction
Admission Date: 3/20/2009
Admission Weight: 3.5 kg
Current Weight: 7.40 kg

Erin was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for this month’s visit with Cindy, a manager for Heartbridge who pays monthly visits to the children. Once again she finished a large bowl of rice cereal in under five minutes. Cindy reports, “she just swallows it down as fast as possible!” Apparently, Erin was somewhat less than patient as she waited for her nanny to mix up the cereal, and she let everyone in the building know she had waited long enough! Then as her nanny walked in with the bowl, Erin’s screams instantly turned into “a happy tone of satisfaction.” She is a girl who knows how to get what she wants!

Erin has definitely mastered the art of flirting with visitors…

Cindy noticed that Erin was more active and “wiggly” this time in her crib, which is a good sign that she is growing stronger!

Erin has developed the new skills of creeping and rolling from side to side. She is not yet sitting unsupported, but it probably won’t be long! Nurse Mona tells us that Erin had a cough early in the month, but that was her only health concern. Her colostomy is functioning well and she is eating with gusto! I see she put on another pound and a half this month. Now that she has caught up to a good weight for her age, we will begin to see smaller gains than we did the first few months. Erin is up to the 50th percentile for weight now!

We may need to work on table manners, however…

At the end of June, Mona noted, “Erin looks very different now. She is chubbier and stronger, happy and very active. She uses a raking grasp when grabbing an object. She responds to her name and smiles to familiar people. She still enjoys kicking the foot part of the carrier to rock herself.”

Thanks as always for your support of this beautiful little girl. We hope to get her to Shanghai for her colostomy reversal soon. She will be out for a few weeks, and then return to Heartbridge to recover for several months.

Please note that Erin is currently listed on our Medical Sponsorship page, and we will be scheduling her surgery as soon as funds are raised. You can donate towards Erin’s surgery at: http://lovewithoutboundaries.com/medical_sponsor_child_detail.cfm?child_id=900&mc_id=101

Jan Champoux is Heartbridge Coordinator for Love Without Boundaries Foundation. She lives in Nebraska, USA with husband Rob and four children. Jan and Rob have two “homegrown” teenagers, a son adopted from Korea, and a daughter adopted from China.

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