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This summer we received a request from an orphanage in Jiangxi Province to help a sweet baby girl who was born with bilateral club feet. We were happy to be able to help this little girl with Ponseti club foot casting and agreed to take in little Julie as soon as travel arrangements could be made.
Julie arrived on August 20th, and was given her entrance physical. She is in good condition and enjoys frequent feedings of about 3.5 ounces. This one is going to keep her nanny busy!
Cindy, our Beijing Regional Manager, stopped by to visit a few days later. Julie was NOT in a good mood, and Cindy and the nannies decided she looks like a cranky old man when she cries. “It seems in her little body there is a strong personality.”
Julie really only needed her pacifier upon waking. That’s much better! Our Heartbridge nurse Mona tells us that Julie is a good baby. She has some typical orphanage delays, but she is sociable and will turn towards a voice and smile when talked to. She also giggles heartily when tickled. By Cindy’s next visit, Julie should have her casts on, and the process of straightening her feet should take about six months. I look forward to getting to know her personality in the weeks and months to come!
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 a son and daughter in college, a son adopted from Korea, and a daughter adopted from China. Both younger children are in the fifth grade.