Healing Home Hero of the Week: Laughing Laurie
Last summer, a tiny little sprite named Laurie came to stay at our Anhui Healing Home. Laurie was born with microtia, a congenital ear deformity. When she was two months old, her orphanage called us because she developed pneumonia and needed to be hospitalized.
Fortunately, Laurie recovered fairly quickly and was moved to our healing home. Some babies are serious at first and take some time to warm up to their new environment and caretakers. Not little Laurie!
From the get-go, she was laughing and smiling, charming all who came into her orbit.
Laurie loves people, and it is quite easy to make her smile. Peek-a-boo is one of her favorite games.
While we aren’t sure exactly how much Laurie’s hearing has been affected from her microtia, we feel that she can hear quite a lot. We know that she is very responsive to sounds and to those around her. Our nannies feel that she can distinguish emotion by tones of voice.
Laurie is eager to communicate and seems to have a great sense of humor, as she is often giggling, chuckling, and babbling. She is also considered to be a good mimic and often imitates the nannies and their actions. When her nanny holds up a finger, Laurie does the same.
Based on these photos, she might literally be the most happy-go-lucky baby we have ever had in any of our healing homes! She even laughs to herself when she is alone.
Some babies are heroes because of their great courage and tenacity, others for their strength. Laurie is a hero to us because she is always able to bring the gift of laughter to those around her.