Zachary

URGENT AGING OUT CHILD: Zachary was born March 2004 and found abandoned shortly after. He has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which appears quite mild in his videos below.

AGENCY DESIGNATED SPECIAL FOCUS CHILD

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After Zachary was found a CT scan discovered that he had an infant intracranial hemorrhage. His adoption report was completed when he was 6 years old. They said he had a ready smile and was a lovely little boy. The hemorrhage he experienced as an infant affected his language ability, coordination and flexibility. At that time he could only say simple words. He would greet friends and visitors warmly and was said to be a polite, obedient and brave child who is always ready to help others. He was said to be conscientious and would pick up trash and throw it into the garbage. He could show his emotions with body language and was described as being “so cute.” He did well when learning to walk and was said to be strong. When he fell he would get back up again and keep walking.

In August of 2007 he received surgery for his cerebral palsy on his left arm. The procedure was successful and afterwards he could grasp and hold onto things, dress himself and go up and down stairs by himself. At that time he was said to have good motor gross motor development but poor fine motor skills. In June 2010 he went to a hospital for rehabilitation training for 3 months. He was cooperative with teachers and practiced the motions of his fingers carefully.

NOVEMBER 2016 UPDATE BELOW: 

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In November 2016 agency staff met Zachary. They were told he could write his name and read Mandarin. He could recite Chinese poems and used a computer to type. He had good fine motor and could draw a person. He could catch and throw a ball, jump and run.  He had a calm demeanor and liked hugs. He slept well and was toilet trained, able to feed, dress and bath himself, and could express emotions such as pleasure, joy, sadness, anger and fear. He attended a local school for kindergarten and primary grades but now receives his education in the orphanage. He can be shy around strangers and caregivers said his intelligence is normal. He can dance and helps caregivers with housework. His favorite food is watermelon and his favorite activity is doing homework. He also enjoys playing games on a computer.

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