Amabella

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Amabella was born in February 2013 and found abandoned when she was around 6 months old. She has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and mild motion development delay (her foster family and volunteers who met her have said they feel her intelligence is normal.)

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In May 2015 Amabella was admitted to the hospital due to stiffness of limbs. Spinal posterior rhizotomy was made under general anesthesia. The operation was considered a success. A CT scan in June 2015 showed partial absence of L4, and absence of spinous processes of L4 and L5, others were normal. In June she entered a CP Rehabilitation Center.

Amabella’s adoption report was written in January 2017 and at that time it was reported that she couldn’t walk independently but was able to move with a walker. After she stands for about 10 minutes her feet will ache. She is able to sit alone and her hands can move freely. She can feed herself, hold a pen, understand and communicate. She liked to watch cartoons and play with mobile phones. She was described as being shy and quiet but also talkative and having a ready smile. She was fond of playing with toys, listening to music, reading picture books, playing games and singing.

Agency staff met Amabella in November 2017 and said she responds to voices and turns her head to locate sounds, can follow objects with her eyes, smiles responsively and can search for dropped objects. She can bang her hands together, build a tower with blocks and engaged in games like Patty Cake. The volunteers felt her cognitive development was normal. She had a good attention span and they were told she watches cartoons for an extended period of time. She also likes to play games on a phone. She had recently been in a car accident so there was a bandage on her head during the visit.

They said she had a beautiful smile and does speak in simple sentences with clear speech. She could sit independently and crawl but wasn’t walking and her right calf muscles were tight. She was unable to place her right foot flat on the floor due to muscle tightness. Her left calf muscles were also tight but not as much as her right side. Grasp strength in her hands was great and she was able to move objects from hand to hand, hold crayons and color on paper. She could follow commands and one step directions. Amabella maintained eye contact and responded to her caregiver. She lives in a foster home and has a younger foster sister. She was not toilet trained at this time. Her foster parents said they believe her language, sensory and social/emotional development to all be normal for her age. Other than not being able to walk they felt her motor development was normal as well. She was described by volunteers as being a healthy, happy, calm and intelligent child.

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