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Juan Diego

photoboyBoy, born 2009

Juan Diego was born to his biological mother who was presumably HIV+ in 2009.  After a cesarean birth, both he and his mother were very sick. Juan Diego soon after had pneumonia and diarrhea. The newborn was hospitalized for specialized care due to his having a high reading of HIV. He was officially diagnosed as being HIV positive with vertical transmission. The biological father visited one time and lamented his fear of losing his son (He had previously had three children with a different woman. These children were also given for adoption). While baby Juan Diego was in the hospital initially, the biological mother called frequently visited to check on him but she was unable to communicate effectively and eventually stopped calling. Finally, the declaration was made that the birth father had abandoned the birth mother, who went back to live with her immediate family to get medical attention.

As of the final months in 2012, sweet Juan Diego was short and had a low weight for his age. All of this due to his illness and time spent on hospitalization/medical attention, he had low muscle tone and low coordination. Though still unstable, he is able to walk and shows clear right-handedness. He is able to focus on activities but is more able to engage in games and other activities when led by an adult or when playing with others. He likes to play make-believe with figurines (also displayed in an available picture of him). He presents as very shy but this is likely exacerbated by his delayed communication skills. He expresses his feelings well and smiles often.

He is receiving ongoing antiretroviral therapy and takes medication for hay fever.

This sweet little boy just had his 4th birthday at his children’s home at the beginning of June 2013. This adoption agency only has Juan Diego’s file for advocacy for one month until his file could move on.  Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, he will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.

Photo available from the agency, for serious inquiries.