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Kit was born in January 2006 and was found abandoned when he was around 5 months old. He has been diagnosed with post-operative cerebral palsy affecting lower limbs.
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Kit received surgery on his lower limbs in 2011. After a successful recovery he began therapy and casting to strengthen his legs, and worked hard to improve his physical abilities. His adoption report was written just after his 8th birthday. At that time he could walk without help but not for very long, and used a walker for distances. He was described as being an extroverted and active boy who got along well with others and greeted guests. He was receiving education in his institute and caretakers said he loved to learn and had made improvements in all subjects. He could count to 100, sing children’s songs and Tang poetry and repeat simple stories. He enjoyed expressing himself through painting and caretakers would display his paintings on bulletin boards. He also enjoyed percussion music and although he didn’t have the opportunity to play real instruments, he played what was available very seriously. In addition to painting and music Kit loved playing with toy cars and Ultraman toys. He hoped that someday he could be helpful to people like Ultraman.
Although Kit couldn’t always play exactly like the other children he did interact with them and brought laughter and happiness while playing outside. Caretakers reported tat his self care ability was good and he could feed, dress, wash, use the toilet and tidy up his bed by himself. Caretakers said he was a very happy and optimistic little boy who helped clean up the classroom, and everyone thought very highly of him. His report indicates that although he has great affection for his institute, he does want to be adopted, and he understands and is prepared for a new environment and learning a new language.
APRIL 2017 UPDATE BELOW:
When Kit was 11 he was wearing foot support as part of his rehabilitation training every day. He could walk independently, but not for long, and used a walker most of the time. He was described as being outgoing and was receiving primary school education. He liked to study and mastered his lessons quickly. He could write simple Chinese characters and recite more than 10 Tang poems and children’s songs. He could add and subtract and use a computer. Kit’s favorite class was calligraphy. He could independently write everyday Chinese characters and his teacher would show his work to other students so they could learn from him as his ability was so strong. He liked to read and when he discovered characters in the books he didn’t know he used Chinese Pinyin to spell it out. When working with clay he could independently make rabbits, leaves, swords, shoes and other shapes. Teachers and friends were very fond of him and praise him as a smart child.
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From a family who spent time with Kit: “What we noticed first about Kit was his sweet smile. He is quite handsome, has a soft, steady voice and a wonderful laugh. When he is sitting next to you, his cerebral palsy (CP) diagnosis isn’t at all apparent; he is like any other kid his age. He is engaged, happy and sociable. We first met Kit when he was performing a prepared song, complete with hand motions, along with a large group of 30 other children. He performed just as well as the other children as he stood with his walker. Only his legs are affected by CP, and in video recordings of this performance, it is clear that he has ability in his upper body. During this same performance, Kit was the only child to stand alone in front of a large audience — many of them strangers — to recite a very long poem from memory about moonlight over the city. His performance was beautiful. It was set to music and recited with confidence and poise.
Kit had to have two surgeries in 2011, one in March and one in May, to help relax the stiffness in his lower limbs. He can now walk without assistance using a walker and can stand still on his own. He wears leg braces that fit into regular sneakers to support his feet and ankles. He can even run with assistance from his walker! Towards the end of our trip to the Beijing Zoo, we saw him running, pushing his grown friend in the wheelchair that Kit had abandoned earlier. These two boys were clowning around, having fun together and showing off for the others in the group. Kit became fast friends with my 10-year-old daughter, Joy, who enjoyed being his buddy for the four days we were together. His ease reminded me very much of Joy in the way she fit right into our family and bonded with everyone. Kit enjoyed playing video games on Joy’s iPad. Subway Surf and Angry Birds were his favorites. Joy recalls that after a while, he passed several game levels and reached a pretty high score at Angry Birds. He also liked to use the iPad to take lots and lots of pictures. I can imagine him becoming a photographer someday. He is very artistic. The three of us spent time coloring and his artwork was completed with great care. He became disappointed in his work when the paper got a little bit wet, but with some encouragement he finished coloring his castle and we took a picture of a smiling Kit with his finished work.
Like the other children we met, Kit is studying in the orphanage and he is reported to be an age-appropriate learner. He is able to care for himself, is very social and gets along well with the other children. His favorite activity is playing cars and games with his teachers. He also likes to play outdoors with his friends. Kit pays attention to detail and is very careful with his work. He also has an excellent memory and will remind you of past circumstances and events if you forget. Needless to say, we were heartbroken to leave Kit behind. When we ate our last meal together, he turned his head away from us and leaned towards his caregiver to hide his tears. She tenderly consoled him. His caregiver is a lovely woman whose only child is grown and away at university. She seems very devoted to Kit and the other children in her care and there is a strong bond between them. It was comforting to know that she was there for him after we said our goodbyes.”
FEBRUARY 2018 UPDATE BELOW:
He can move across a large room without any support devices or assistance. Kit is described as a boy who has many friends and likes to play games, draw, and sing. He has a pleasant personality and is well-liked by the caretakers.
He seems especially close to his main caretaker. Kit has a beautiful smile and smiles often. He follows directions and likes to please others. Kit pays attention to detail when doing his school work and tries his best.
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