Put Up Your Dukes!
Gina here shows off her fighting spirit in a photo sent to us recently by our staff at Heartbridge. Gina is a darling little girl who was born prematurely in late January, and was hospitalized because she was too tiny and weak to even suck from a bottle. She weighed only one kilogram, which is slightly over two pounds. In an orphanage environment, children like Gina have a very slim chance for survival.
Above you can see Gina resting in a hospital incubator; her home for over a month. Gina was stabilized and began gaining, and had nearly doubled her weight when she could safely be moved to Heartbridge in March. With special care, frequent small feedings and plenty of rest, Gina has really blossomed! Below you can see Gina a few days after her arrival. Within two weeks our little champ gained a pound and a half!
At our manager’s last visit, Gina was peacefully sleeping and not about to wake up and make polite conversation. But she looked so amazing, and REST is just what the doctor ordered. Gina gained another 2.2 pounds last month and continues to make wonderful progress. We estimate that she may be ready to move into LWB foster care in another four to six months.
Thanks to our Heartbridge sponsors, little Gina and many others have the chance to grow and thrive, and eventually find families of their own. We are in need of additional sponsors for Gina and several others at Heartbridge. To learn more about sponsorship, please visit our Healing Homes Sponsorship Page at: http://lovewithoutboundaries.com/healing_home_SponsorCleftHomeChild.cfm
Thank you for giving these children a fighting chance!
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 two “homegrown” teenagers, a son adopted from Korea, and a daughter adopted from China.