Healing Home Hero of the Week: Erin
Right before Christmas in 2015, baby Erin came into this world. Born with Down Syndrome and a heart defect, she found herself in an orphanage in central China. An orphanage isn’t the best place for any child, but for Erin and her weak heart, it was a very difficult beginning. Her orphanage called us for help because she wasn’t gaining weight, and we welcomed her into our Heartbridge Healing Home. She weighed less than seven pounds at six months of age.
From her early days at Heartbridge, Erin’s nannies noticed that she had a calm and peaceful personality. Heartbridge and her attentive nannies agreed with Erin, and she began to plump up very quickly under their watchful eyes.
However, Erin tired easily and didn’t have good muscle tone. Doctors felt it was time to repair her heart, and thanks to LWB’s wonderful supporters, she was admitted to the hospital for surgery.
For many months, Erin lagged behind developmentally. Even after surgery, she really wasn’t strong enough to sit up by herself. However, this fall she began making great strides.
Erin has learned to speak up and use her voice to get what she wants…and what she wants most is her nanny!
While she’s still not a huge fan of “tummy time,” her perseverance is paying off. Erin is now able to sit up for longer periods of time.
Erin’s nannies like to tell her that she is a pretty girl…and Erin eats up their praise. She also loves to make people laugh by making funny faces and sounds.
But of course, what Erin needs more than anything else is a family of her very own to love her and be her advocate and champion.
Please share Erin’s story in the hopes that her family will find her. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for her to welcome her next Lunar New Year with them?
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