Gil

Gil was born in January 2009 and found abandoned in a hospital when he was 18 months old.  He has been diagnosed with severe Thalassemia.  He is receiving regular blood transfusions, however, agency reps who have met him and followed his care say his treatment is not sufficient and the ramifications of his disease are progressing.  He needs a committed family urgently.  Please don’t miss his April 2016 update below!

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Gil, NB, April 2016 update

Upon admission into the institute it was noted that his development at that time was poor and he was very weak.  He couldn’t sit, crawl or stand.  This little guy has come a very long way since his initial examination!

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  At the time of his report he was 6 years old and was  able to drink from a glass, feed himself, dress and undress himself and was fully potty trained.  He was said to be very smart, active, cheerful and polite.  He enjoyed playing games with adults, listened well during stories and helped his caretaker when able.  He can walk, run and go up and down stairs by himself.  He holds a pen to draw and can write numbers, read a watch, knows his colors, right and left, and puts puzzles together without help.  Gil has clear pronunciation when he speaks and communicates freely.  He shares toys with peers and attends school within his institute to learn math, music, art and common sense. He is said to be a smart and sensible boy and his caretakers hope he will be adopted by a loving family.

Gil2, NB   Gil, NB

Agency reps who have met and advocated for Gil have said, “Gil may be a little guy, at 7 years old he stands about 3 ½ feet tall, but his personality is mighty. Somehow he manages to simultaneously be calm and rowdy, silly and serious, shy and outgoing. One minute he is fully engrossed in the picture he is coloring, the next he is flopping around in the ball pit. One minute he is hamming it up for pictures—tilting his head to the side, flashing the peace sign, and grinning ear to ear—the next he is on the floor intently doing a puzzle. And during it all, he just has this endearing nature. His sweetness draws you in.”

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Gil’s blood is regularly checked and he receives transfusions to manage his Thalassemia.  In August 2015 he was diagnosed with Severe Thalassemia, Iron Deposition Disease and Splenomegaly.  He is in urgent need of a forever family!

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A volunteer who met Gil in April 2016 had this to say about him:

“He’s smart!!! He is a very focused kid. You give him a task and he will focus and get it done. He was very meticulous in the art projects we did with him. And he LOVED making cookies and cake. He is just such a sweet boy. I know his pictures show that he is sick, but he is also going to be so much healthier within a few months of treatment in the US, just like all thal kids are. In spite of how tired he was, he kept going and playing and smiling. He is pure joy!!!”

Gil2, April 2016  Gil, 4:2016a

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