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Lola was born in February 2013 and found abandoned when she was about 3 months old. She was diagnosed with congenital microthalmia of the left eye, blindness of right eye and developmental delays.
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At the time her report was written Lola was 18 months old. She was said to be fairly introverted and fond of quietness. She liked to be cuddled by her favorite nanny and was satisfied when being held. When she cried she could be quieted with a bottle. Compared to her peers her development was delayed and she wasn’t speaking, rolling over or crawling. She could sit and play alone in her stroller and enjoyed listening to music; sometimes would wiggle her body when music was played. Her favorite toy was her bottle.
MARCH 2016 UPDATE BELOW:
An update reported that she was able to roll over and sit on her own but wasn’t standing or walking. Compared to other children she was developmentally delayed and her personality was described as introverted.
Sadly it isn’t uncommon for children who are visually impaired to be left in their cribs most of the day so they don’t get hurt. This neglect leaves many children severely delayed. It is unknown if Lola will be able to catch up to her peers.
APRIL 2016 UPDATE BELOW:
Lola lives in an orphanage that appears to be understaffed and as a result the children don’t receive any rehabilitative services, therapies or education, and spend most of their time confined to their cribs. Agency staff who met Lola described her as a quiet little girl who was fairly reserved.
Although she is blind, doctors who met her say she could sense light a little. Lola didn’t desire to engage with agency staff and laid on the floor rolling back and forth. The nannies reported that she is capable of standing but doesn’t like it. When they bathe her they put her hand in the water first and then she doesn’t get upset when they put her in the bath. Caregivers reported that she spends most of her time in her crib because she seems scared if they take her out. She didn’t play with toys but would feed herself a bottle. At this time she wasn’t speaking – just babbling.
Lola needs a patient family who is open to unknowns and will help her reach her full potential.
JANUARY 2018 UNOFFICIAL UPDATE BELOW:
From a mama who met her, “As we continued our way through the crib room, we were ASTONISHED to find out that the little girl they were pointing at in the crib was Isabella. I was in absolute disbelief! I asked the nanny several times was she sure this was her……how I wanted so badly to learn she had made a mistake, but it was her. I stood there for what seemed to be hours in a daze yet it was only seconds. As I bent down to rub her pale, thin face, she didn’t even move. A nanny quickly ran over to explain she needed restraints because she would bite her hands and even her bottom lip. Oh how seeing her broke my heart.”
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