Just a quick update on Amelia....so many of you have been praying for this precious little girl, who weighs 12 pounds at 12 years old. Her mama just brought her home from the orphanage in B****** where she spent her life in a crib.
From my friend Elizabeth, who spoke with Amelia's Mama: Thanks to Jenny's experience as a critical care RN, she was able to get Amelia safely home. They are being super careful to minimize all stress for her, and they've figured out a bottle and a formula mix she will take, so she's able to be home at the moment.... As long as Amelia continues to be clinically stable, she will stay home today. They will be seen tomorrow by the specialty pediatricians at University of North Carolina hospital, where Jenny works.
Many of you have followed Susanna's journey to bring Katie home from this same orphanage. Susanna explained in an email what these children face transitioning from life in an orphanage to one in a loving home, and I wanted to share it here...
She is just so emotionally fragile. She has the ability to drink out of those horrid bottles, but is traumatized and refusing everything just like Katie did. Even with the extra pound she gained this past spring due to Tokuda, she still has so few physical reserves, and that’s partly what makes this stressful and scary for Jenny. The orphanage diet has slightly improved, but it’s still far from what it should be.. Too little too late. Primarily, now that Amelia’s cut loose from everything that was familiar to her, she’s bottoming out because her emotional reserves are nil. Part of our praying should be that she opens up to Jenny emotionally and begins to find comfort from her, and attach to her, so she can heal. The lack of that bond and human contact is partly what caused her condition, and if her receptors have been so badly damaged that they aren’t working any more, well, let’s just pray that God continues to work His miracles in her. NOBODY is past the ability to learn to receive love, but it can be a very long process. Amelia is suffering the effects of 8 years with no baba (volunteer caregiver), and then 3 1/2 years of a NOT-good baba. It is possible to roughly connect the condition of the children in Pleven with the factors that caused the condition they’re in. How old/how long in Pleven, their original dx or lack thereof, “cute” or “not-so-cute,” on the top floor or no, baba or no, good baba or bad, what percentage of the child’s life they had a baba—and from all this you could come up with a fairly accurate picture of the child’s condition without ever having met them.
Three little boys lie in that same orphanage, waiting for their family to come bring them HOME in a few weeks....
Thank you to every single person who has donated to our Three For Three giveaway. In less than a week you helped raise $2,618 - we are now over halfway to our goal of fully funding the Archer family!
$2,382 is the final amount we are shooting for this week. You can read details HERE about how to be entered to win a brand new iPad and help the Archers bring their boys home. Every single donation, no matter how small, helps tremendously.
Thank you to all who have prayed, shared, and donated to the Archer family, and thank you to every person who prayed Amelia home.