I don’t mean to be bashful, but I was. — Willie Mays
Like Willie Mays, four-year-old Benjie is quite a bashful boy. According to the nannies at the Jinjiang orphanage where he lives, he is pleasant but prefers to play alone. So far, Benjie doesn’t speak although he is not believed to be deaf or mute. Although he is getting good care at the orphanage, we feel that a shy boy like Benjie could absolutely blossom with a family of his own to bring him out of his shell.
In 2009, Benjie had surgery to correct his right limb and has recovered quite well. He also has an absent left thumb and right thumb and index finger syndactyly, which means that these fingers are fused together. However, Benjie can use his hands to do most things . When he needs to pick up something, he usually uses his little finger and the third finger to do it. With bigger toys like his stuffed penguin, he seems to have no problems at all!
Benjie is a very picky eater. Even at age four, he prefers formula and rice cereal. When his nanny tries to put some food in his mouth, he spits it out right away. Our LWB staff is currently looking into this to see how we can help with this issue.
Please help us spread the word about little Benjie. He really needs a family to help him shine!
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