Victoria Ann......Victory is Yours!
Sweet girl almost seems to know she needed LOVE maybe more than nutrition.
She is such a cuddle bug.
We arrived at Victoria's orphanage on Monday after having gotten permission to make a stop to put flowers on sweet Heavenleigh’s gravesite. Such an emotional visit....but that is for a separate post.
It was about a three hour drive from her orphanage back to the capital city where we went immediately to get Victoria's passport photo taken (in her car seat as she cannot sit) . We then headed to the hospital and had her admitted and settled into her room, along with a basketful of diagnosis that the admitting Doctor seemed to think had little to do with the fact that she spent eight years in a crib systematically being starved. But I digress.
The stay in the hospital was unfortunately not a good one and as soon as Nurse Maureen arrived on Friday we were able to have Victoria released and we returned to the hotel where we are monitoring her blood sugar with heel pricks, monitoring her O2, and feeding her every three hours round the clock via NG....
Refeeding Syndrome is a real concern for a child who is not even 10 pounds at almost 8 years old...and who's body has fed itself on its own muscles...
Today, Monday , we will go to the US Embassy and have our VISA Interview, and we will also go to a local clinic and get a complete blood panel done to see if we are safe to fly home.
It is literally unbelievable how quickly this little girl has changed.....last Monday she was a shell of a girl...her eyes dull and flitting aimlessly, her body and spirit turned in on themselves, no life to be found....no hope. Five days later her eyes are bright, she seeks me out, she coos and smiles, her body is relaxed.
Oh Lord....how blessed I am to be able to witness this miracle unfold.
When we picked Victoria up from the orphanage her paper work stated Deep Mental Delay. When we checked her into the hospital we were told she had Severe Neurological Impairment.
We don't know what the coming years hold for this precious girl or how her development will play out. We do know that her development does not determine her worth, her potential does not equate to her value, the love we have for her is not dependent on her accomplishments.
She is a girl who LOVES music.....we play it for her and then we help her sign "more" .....and we play it again.
Take a look at this video....the "experts" did not account for the Power of Love.