benben-2015-1ben-2015-2Boy, born 2009
Deep mental delay, Failure to Thrive


UPDATE December 2015: ” In March of 2015 Ben was at his worst. He weighed 12 pounds and was withering away. A medical team visited and put him on a special diet that saved his life. On a diet of thickened formula and baby food, he began to very slowly gain weight. Once he was able to get some nutrition we started to see his first smiles and a little bit of his feisty personality. This special diet is not a long-term solution for him. What he really needs is a family. Just imagine how he would thrive! “


From a family who has met him many times:  “This sweet boy is very beautiful, serious, and fragile. He is very thin, and even though with careful feeding he is finally able to hold his food down, he still is not gaining weight. He is able to sit up on his own and stand, while holding on to the rails of his crib. He can walk while holding on to someone’s finger. No one at the institution has ever seen him smile and he is nonverbal. We aren’t sure what is going on inside him, but we long to see some sort of response in his face. One great thing we have noticed in the past couple of months is that he now cries when his special nanny leaves the room. When she comes back in the room and calls his name he quiets instantly! He loves to be held and cuddled, and he really likes being outside. He simply cannot thrive in the institutional environment. He needs medical treatment and therapy, but most of all he needs the love of a family. He needs somewhere where he can be safe and loved with abandon.”

$5,569.84 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!