Boy, born 2013
Premature, traumatic birth, history of seizures
Listed: May 2017
Champ was born one month premature and he suffered from HIE (hypoxic-ischemi encephalopathy) which is basically brain damage caused by lack of oxygen. All of his medical complications, except for the cleft lip and palate, were caused by his traumatic birth.
Champ has received loving care by foster families. Focus has been on furthering therapies and working on feeding. In late 2014, he had surgery to place a gastric feeding tube to allow him to learn to swallow.
He currently has therapies; physical, occupational, and speech/feeding, three days a week at a local hospital. He takes medicine for seizures and muscle spasms. He has struggled with respiratory tract infections due to aspiration and excess sputum, in the past. Currently he is doing well.
Champ does recognize his name when spoken, the request to raise his head and cough, and praise words like “good boy”, and the words “all done”. He calms when soothed and is able to cry and express dislikes through sounds and body language. He has been given a “Flash” vision test and it was determined that he can see, but the level of clarity cannot be determine from this test. The seizure medicines have caused some vision problems. He is far sighted and possibly has some tunnel vision. He wears glasses for up close vision when we are feeding him and when we show him books, flash cards, and toys.
He is thriving and gaining weight and length well. He is very sweet, smiles sometimes, and loves to be cuddled, twirled and swung. He bonded well with his first foster family and again with his second foster family. He is very aware of people and likes to look at our large dog, the movie Frozen, American football and the Baby First TV Channel. He can focus on things and track items, but he is slow in moving his eyes to do so. His hearing appears to be good, he responds to sounds and startles at loud sounds. He has some tactile sensitivity, but this area continues to improve and he enjoys having his feet massaged. He doesn’t use his hands much, due in part to some sensory issues. I believe with the right therapy, this will improve. He will push away things he doesn’t like, and will sometimes bat at toys and pull things to his head.
From his first foster family: I think it’s important to share with potential adoptive families that Champ’s condition hasn’t stopped changing and improving since he’s been fostered. He thrives on love, continuity, and regular stimulation/therapy. It’s also important to know, something that is hard to see in videos and pictures, that he has a great capacity to give and receive love. I know many parents who are willing to adopt special needs children, who aren’t daunted by the physical care, are just afraid they will never be able to give or receive love from their adopted child. With Champ this is not the case. In the eight months we had him, I can say WITHOUT a doubt that he KNEW and LOVED both of us, and was able to receive the same love from us.
has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!