Mary Ellen #23
Diagnosis: Arnold-Chiari syndrome; hydrocephalus (shunt installed); spina bifida aperta-surgically repaired; stabismus; frequent bladder infections that are being treated
UPDATE: “She is turning two in February. She speaks her first words and loves any attention she can get. She had surgical correction of her spine and a shunt installed to reduce fluid on her brain.” “Recently the shunt that keeps her from having too much fluid on her brain failed and she underwent surgery again. The sweet baby who sought contact is now avoiding eye contact. While her physical issues have been met her emotional needs are suffering.”
Mary Ellen is one year old. Medical records are available, which detail her various hospitalizations and surgeries to treat her medical conditions. She is working on strengthening her upper body and head control. When on her stomach, she is able to raise her head and control it for longer periods of time. When placed in a positioning chair, she controls her head and turns it from side to side. She is able to stay in a seated position with support. She has started to babble and responds to sounds and visual stimulation. She plays with hanging toys in her crib and holds toys that are given to her to play with. She laughs out loud when adults interact with her. She eats from a spoon.
Photos and videos are available, along with detailed medical reports.
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.