Emmaline

Girl, born 2015
PRC
Down syndrome, congenital heart disease (ventricular septal defect) and malnutrition

Emmaline came into care when she was about two months old and has been living in the orphanage since that time. She was recently moved to a special unit in the orphanage where she can receive better care. Emmaline can sit on her own and crawl on her belly (see her video!). Occasionally she will also crawl on her hands and knees. She has good fine motor skills and can feed herself with a spoon and turn the pages of a book. She understands instructions like “give me the toy”, “hug me”, “wave goodbye”, and “clap hands”. She doesn’t say words yet, but is making sounds. Emmaline is a sweet little girl who raises her arms to be picked up when she sees her caregiver coming. She gets along well with her peers. If her toys are taken away she will cry until her caregivers come to hold her.

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