Abigail was born in June 2011 and has been diagnosed with spina bifida, scoliosis, and hydrocephalus for which she has received a shunt. Abigail also takes medication for epilepsy, but has not had any seizures since beginning treatment. She has strabismus.
Abigail is a bright and engaging child. She speaks in complete sentences, explores, and knows exactly what is asked of her. Abigail is interested in everything, likes to talk on the phone, plays with toys, and sings. She is known as the social butterfly of her orphanage, always smiling and joyful.
Abigail is able to use her hands very well, moves around freely on the floor and sits unassisted. She may sometimes struggle with solid food because she does not chew very well, but reportedly has no trouble eating cookies and candy. While Abigail is very vocal, not all of the words in her vocabulary are completely clear to understand.
Update April 2015: Abigail was examined again by her orthopedist and her diagnoses of spina bifida (myelomeningocele) with severe congenital scoliosis and paralyzed right lower extremity were confirmed. Her doctor believes that she may be able to walk in the future with crutches/walker and braces, but that she needs surgery soon to stop the progression of her scoliosis. Abigail’s doctor describes her as a beautiful and bright little girl who would bring happiness to any family.
From a family who met her in March 2015: Abigail is a beautiful girl with a bright personality and the cutest voice. She is very talkative and likes attention. She is able to use her arms to propel herself on the ground and feed herself with a spoon. She does not let her physical limitations stop her from doing what she wants. She has the most contagious laugh and likes to be in charge and sweetly dictate her surroundings. She’s such a tiny dynamite – she dramatically threw her hands on her hips and flashed a big smile as she stated her opinion. Abigail needs spinal surgery that cannot be performed in her birth country. She urgently needs a family.
From a family who met Abigail in October 2014: Abigail is the size of an infant in both height and weight. She’s a social child, engaged and engaging. She communicates constantly and purposefully, but her speech is very hard to understand. Abigail gets around quite well by scooting on her bottom. When she saw another child upset and crying, she moved over to her and gave her friend a long hug.
From a family who met Abigail in May 2014: Abigail is a little diva! Her personality is explosive. She is very smart. She told me all the names of the caregivers and children. When she sees someone she shouts, “Come” and taps on the ground next to her. She is so loving, compassionate, and so kind. She frequently hugs the other children on her own doing. She doesn’t have too much use of her legs at this time, but can scoot on her bottom. We put her in a walking position and she could put some weight onto her legs. She laughed so hard at herself when she was “walking.” She had a nasogastric tube in her nose while we were there. A virus was going around and she wasn’t drinking enough so they put it in the children to make sure they were getting enough liquids. They said it was temporary and she normally eats and drinks fine. She also can feed herself and loves chocolate. Whoever adopts Abigail will be so blessed. I think she will excel in a family, and the reward for being her mom would be the biggest blessing to anyone.
Please note: Married couples only.
$5,627.70 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!