Levi

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Levi was born in August 2009 and found abandoned when he was 1.5 years old. He has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

AGENCY DESIGNATED SPECIAL FOCUS CHILD

Levi is described as smiley, sensitive, and compassionate. He gets along well with others and enjoys playing games with his friends. Levi is quiet but he is very attentive and aware of other’s needs. He is patient and thoughtful when conversing with others. His favorite toy is a toy car.

Levi entered a program at the orphanage run by a volunteer organization in April 2016 after spending several years in a cerebral palsy hospital in another province. He now lives and attends school in the orphanage with other children his age. Levi has never received surgery. He receives rehabilitation training every day during the week.

Levi has improved a lot since coming to the orphanage and volunteer organization’s program in 2016. He can’t walk alone, but he can crawl and stand while holding onto something. Since getting a new wheelchair this past Spring Levi’s mobility has improved. He has high muscle tone that affects his whole body. Levi will continue to need physical and occupation therapy to help improve his mobility and self-care skills further. He still depends on his caretakers for assistance, but his self-care skills have improved. He can eat independently, use the bathroom, wash his face, and brush his teeth without assistance. The volunteer staff report that he is toilet trained but his orphanage says he still wears diapers at night.

Levi has never had formal schooling before last year so new concepts come slowly to him but he doesn’t give up. Vision problems (not getting corrective lenses earlier) were holding him back from learning more, but new glasses have helped.  He needs better assessment for his eyes to get exactly the right prescription. He can express his needs though he is quiet and speaks slowly. Levi has average intelligence. He had been lacking adult attention and formal schooling prior to entering this program. Levi has improved greatly since he began receiving both.

A volunteer who has met Levi said he, “would bloom in a patient family where his quiet voice would be heard and his special needs lovingly met.  He does need expert care that is not available in China for his cerebral palsy and learning challenges, and we think his potential is very high.  He wants to be adopted and often asks about his friends who have gone to their forever families.”

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