This special little girl was born at 36 weeks and weighed 5.34 lbs at birth. She was born with cleft edges of both lips, for which she received surgery in June 2010, and agenesis of all five fingers on her right hand. Also she had heart surgery to close a VSD. She has retinopathy of prematurity and has slight pale optic disks of both eyes as well as a deep sacral dimple of her spine. In May 2011 she had surgery to receive a feeding tube. She receives nutrients through the feeding tube 3 times a day and also is able to eat snacks throughout the day on her own. Earlier this year she was transferred to a care center where she could receive more regular therapy to help her meet her full potential. She currently receives physical therapy two times a week and is now able to walk on her own, as well as transfer objects between her hands. She is able to say a few words (such as Mom and Dad) and also use body language to express her wishes. Her housemother reports that she is able to understand simple instructions. It is also reported that she has a good relationship with both her housemother and the other children. She is not shy with strangers and is happy to greet others with a smile. She is described as an active and bright little girl who can be stubborn at times. In September 2011 she was reportedly 23.7 lbs and 31.6 inches tall and was at a 15 month developmental level.
She is in need of family who are able to provide her with the ongoing medical care and therapies that she will need and who are open to the unknowns of her medical conditions. State of residence may be flexible, please contact Erin for more details.
Hallie has an additional $5000 grant through the agency, and reduced fees.