Mary was born in September 2014 and was found abandoned. She has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus and congenital heart disease (neither of which her orphanage believes will need treatment.) She has also been diagnosed with club feet and post-operative post-operative meningomyelocele and tethered spinal cord.
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Mary’s caregivers call her “adorable, energetic, talkative, friendly, laughing, curious, and sometimes naughty.” Mary has overcome many challenges in her short life. She’s had surgeries to correct her meningomyelocele and tethered spinal cord. She was diagnosed with hydrocephalus although her head size now appears to be in the normal range and her orphanage believes a shunt isn’t required.
Mary also has an atrial septal defect which her orphanage says doesn’t require surgical correction. Mary’s remaining issues seem to be her club feet and weakness in her legs. She crawls mostly by pulling herself along with her arms and is receiving physical therapy to improve her mobility. It’s clear that therapy and surgery on her feet will be part of Mary’s future.
Mary has shown great strength and spirit in her young life. Her communication skills are reported to be age appropriate, but she has slightly delayed intelligence. She loves imitating and is attracted to sounds of music and children’s play. She happily joins in with other children, loves playing with toys, and likes to draw on paper and then admire her creation. Mary’s caregivers express hope she “will grow into a lofty and vibrant and strong girl.”
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