Born: June 2002
Hair: dark blond
Character communicative, curious
Carissa is blind in both eyes — retinopathia and vessell changes (due to prematuaty); Intellectual delay, Flat feet.
Carissa and her twin sister were in an orphanage from birth, until their aunt took them into her home. They did not receive the medical care they needed, and Carissa lost her vision. After three years, when they became 6 years old, the girls were taken back to an orphanage.
Unfortunately, the girls were separated in different orphanages due to Carissa’s blindness, and her sister was adopted. Carissa is well cared for in her internat, but she was very lonely without her sister. That is why she was placed in intensive care unit. The girl was in a deep psycological shock – she was separated from her sister, the only person she had and placed to unknown people. She was scared, and she regressed. In internat they thought that she can not move and talk. She was diagnosed with deep mental retardation. Before going to the internat she was walking by the hand, reacted to outside world and recognised people. Not only did she talk, but she was singing! Now she had no motivation to sing, to move, to talk. The girl refused food. During four months in internat she literally become a skeleton.
Several kids from that internat were brought to a major city for medical help. Carissa started eating better and sitting up. She could not walk, her feet were very weak. This girl needs care and attention, and will blossom in a family.
Carissa’s grant of $277.00 has been gifted to another girl named Carissa.