A Marked Improvement
September 14, 2023 10:55am CST
A lot of you probably remember my two nieces, and nephew are adopted. My nephew, Hudson, has fetal alcohol syndrome due to his birth mother, and has a host of physical problems because of it. My dad, his wife, and me went to his and my younger niece’s birthday party Tuesday, and although I had seen him a few months ago, I was still amazed at his progress! I could understand every word he said, and he initiated conversation with me. His excitement was so contagious, and I was just so happy to see him happy! He still has to be fed about 40% of his food through a G tube, but his feeding therapy is going well, as well as his physical therapy. Plus, he absolutely loves his swimming lessons! Is there, or was there, a special needs person in your family or life? Wasn’t it wonderful to see them do things you weren’t sure they would be able to do?
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• United States
Oh, definitely. He used to be fed completely through the G tube so getting down to 40% is progress, even if it is slow. Amyra had a G tube for years after being premature, and she eats completely normal now. She was able to ditch it sooner than Hudson, but she was still four when it was finally removed.
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• Chennai, India
@AmbiePam Yes I have sister who is fighting against a critical problem This is what the announcement by my brother ( Son of my Dad's Big Brother _ My Cousin ) "My name is Ramasubramanian, my sister needed a treatment. I am raising funds for treatment. She encountered a case of severe rheumatoid arthritis burn in the right hip. She had to undergo knee replacement and left total hip replacement." I should do something for their need
• United States
There’s a neighbor with high-functioning autism, and I worked with a deaf woman at the post office. I know just enough sign language to communicate with her some, and she taught me a number of signs. That’s about it. My “special needs” aren’t what you’re talking about. I’m thankful that your nephew is improving so much!!!!
@ambiepam That is so beautiful. My youngest daughter (22 now) has Down Syndrome and we were told to prepare ourselves not to have her very long - severe cardiac problems requiring open heart surgery at 11 weeks. She bounded through all that. School took one look at her and declared that she would never do much and wouldn’t ever read. My wife’s reaction was “Watch and learn O ye experts” and in no time she was reading, far beyond ‘normal’ children her age. She can do so much that the experts say she couldn’t do. She is the best thing that ever happened to us. In Ireland now only 5% of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome in the womb are allowed to survive and the world is so much poorer for it. I hope your nephew goes from strength to strength.
• United States
Thank you, and I am so glad your daughter is thriving. It hurts my heart that babies are discarded because of diagnosis such as Down Syndrome. Every single baby is precious, and society loses a lot when they no longer see that in people born supposedly “different”.