Luke

Special Focus child on the Shared List

Luke was born in June of 2004 and has very minor limb differences that appear to be due to Amniotic Banding (same as my daughter).

 I have more detailed pictures of the amniotic banding on his hands and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that there are more finger bones that were trapped by the bands during development in the womb.  The cause of Amniotic Banding is unknown but essentially tiny threads of the amniotic sac tear off and float around during early development. They can get wrapped around body parts and interfere with normal growth.

IF Luke has finger bones under the skin a surgeon may be able to “fix” his hand and “release” or create fingers for him.  Scottish Rite and Shriners are two reputable and typically VERY affordable places to receive treatment for this.  Please see the pictures below – even without any surgery he is very capable just the way he is!

Luke’s file was completed in 2010…

…and he is still waiting for his forever family to find him.

He can write…

 …Peel an orange…

 …zip his coat…

…cut with scissors and eat with chopsticks…

Obviously his foster family was SO PROUD of him they took all of these photos to show off how awesome he is!!!  From my experience, kids with limb differences adapt quickly and are downright tenacious!

As a mother of a child missing an entire hand due to amniotic banding I can tell you that when my daughter learns to do something new, something I thought she would really struggle with one-handed, my heart just soars!  I’ve learned not to underestimate her!  These kids can do anything they put their minds to!  This is really such a very, very minor “special need.”

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