Girl, born March 2006
Spina Bifida, spinal meningocele
Listed: Oct 2018
Tessa needs to be adopted prior to her 14th birthday (early 2020)!
Tessa is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside! Tessa was initially diagnosed with spina bifida and spinal meningocele, and later with chronic kidney disease and moderate anemia. Tessa is mature, strong, polite and well-liked. Despite her complicated medical history, she continues to work hard in school, treat others with kindness, and be optimistic. She enjoys music, drawing, dancing, and reading. Her favorite musical instruments are the zither and the piano. Tessa also really enjoys fashion and beauty. She likes to pick out cute outfits and do her hair to match! Her caretakers say she is hygienic, organized and that she enjoys cleaning. Tessa makes her bed and tidies her room every morning without being asked. She is well-liked by both her peers and adults in the orphanage. The adults feel that Tessa is much more mature than peers her age, as evidenced by her frequent and advanced conversations with them. She gets along well with her teachers and is described by them as being polite and respectful. At the time her report was written, Tessa was in fourth grade and was said to be clever. Her medical needs mean that she misses school frequently, but she has excellent grades and reads in her free time. She is said to be above average intellectually.
Tessa had surgery in 2007 to repair her meningocele. Then in 2011, she had surgery to correct a neurogenic bladder. She had another surgery in 2012 to correct a nephroblastoma on her right kidney, and finally, she had surgery in 2014 to treat her chronic kidney disease (stage V) and moderate anemia. Currently, Tessa has dialysis twice per week and blood transfusions twice per month. She also has her blood and urine reviewed each week. She receives medications and a specialized diet to treat her chronic kidney disease and anemia. Tessa would like to be adopted. She desperately needs a family for many reasons, but a family will most certainly make a significant difference for her medical needs and for her future!
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$630.00 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!