Diagnosis: Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome
Tina has been diagnosed with Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, which is characterized by short stature, learning difficulties and distinct facial features. She was born with a heart condition that was surgically repaired. She can roll over and support herself up on her hands. All 4 of her limbs appear to have weak muscle tone, which could be a result of spending prolonged amounts of time in her crib. She will hold a toy in her hand and watch it. She makes eye contact with caregivers and eats from a spoon.
Additional photos of Tina are available.
Update from a family who met her in Nov 2013:
We visited her first during our November visit to Bulgaria. She is absolutely beautiful. She is very sweet and was happy to be held. She clearly has likes and dislikes and is able to make that clear. We spent a lot of time walking with her when she got restless from laying or sitting for too long. I was able to feed her one afternoon. She has some feeding issues and needs to eat pureed or soft foods. She enjoys eating and showed, by her eagerness, which foods were her favorite. She did not show any signs of recognizing her caregivers and showing any varying emotion for different people. We were told that she has not connected to any of her caregivers or show recognition of them. We had an evaluation done on her medical file by our local International Adoption Center. They told us that given what is reported in her MRI that she has fluid where she should have brain matter so her functioning level will likely not make major gains. I can’t say enough how lovely she is and sweet. She showed preference for toys and loves to put things in her mouth! We very much enjoyed our time with her.
Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, she will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for her.