Girl, Born December 1999
Down syndrome, oval window
Margeaux is almost 13 years old and is in a crib in her photo She is considered quite low functioning, but it is these children we always see the greatest transformation in! She is able to pull to a stand. Full medical and behavioral information is available. Older parents, larger families and single moms welcome. Margeaux needs a family who is experienced in international adoption and the challenges of children with special needs who have been living in institutional settings.
Additional medical and social history available from the agency.
Currently Margeaux receives schooling in the 3rd grade but she is not able to learn language, counting, or to recognize digits and letters etc. The teacher comes to her twice a week. Learning process is actually more of an interaction with the teacher; Margeaux listens to the teacher read, and they do some activities together. She reacts towards words like “let’s eat” or “let’s stand up now” etc. She is not verbal. Margeaux reacts towards the smell of food. She is satisfied when feels comfortable. Margeaux does not like environment changes; she does not like persons’ she is unfamiliar with.
Margeaux does not stand up on her feet (she needs support). She is able to change position in the bed by herself. Due to her severe mental delays, she is not able to try learning how to walk. She has leg malformation. Margeaux is being put in the wheelchair, several times a day she is taken out of the bed and being put on the buckwheat bag and also put on the toy horse. A doctor has said that the musculature of her legs could not be overstrained, she also does not like moving a lot. Margeaux receives massages.
Margeaux has 4th level of care, it is the highest level; she is incapable to take care of herself and to perform simple self-care activities. She is not able to chew food, she is being fed only with purees. She has inner anxiety, auto-aggression – she might hit herself on the face but she is not aggressive towards others. She sleeps well.
Margeaux is rapidly approaching the time where she will “age-out” and no longer be eligible for international adoption (by US law). Her life means, and can be, so much more than this! PLEASE do not leave her behind now that she has been given a voice and a chance through Reece’s Rainbow!