Hannah of Heartbridge
The first thing I thought when I read through Hannah’s reports and saw her photos from this past year was “WOW!” This amazing little girl has come such a long way. I have often wondered where the strength to survive comes from in a child who was as small as Hannah was when she came into our care. Is there truly an innate strength each person is born with that is called upon when they are distressed?
You can read more about Hannah’s early days at Heartbridge in last year’s blog and see not only her strong will but her bubbly personality, physical strength, sweet manner, and beautiful smile throughout this photo collection.
We understand that Hannah has been waiting for a family for a month or two now. It is likely that her multiple needs are intimidating: a diagnosis of Pierre Robbin Syndrome; dextrocardia, cleft lip, and deformity of the tongue. We cannot assure anyone of her future health, but we can tell you that she has had surgery in 2010 to repair a VSD and just this month for her cleft lip. In addition, she is learning to walk independently and is learning sign language. There is no doubt that Hannah is full of life! The nannies are often saying what a happy and affectionate little girl she is.
It is an understatement to say that being part of an organization that helps to restore and maintain the health of children in need is rewarding. And witnessing the transformation of the whole child is truly awe-inspiring and poignant, each and every time.
Since Hannah is currently waiting for a family, we are happy to share the agency who has her file if you contact us at [email protected]. Here’s to hoping that one of my next “WOW!” moments might be hearing that Hannah’s family has found her.
Meg Montgomery is an Adoption Assistance Advocate for Love Without Boundaries. She is a social worker, living and working in New York.
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.