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Gavin was born in November 2014 and found abandoned when he was just a few days old. He’s been diagnosed with post-operative repair of congenital anal atresia combined with urethral fistula.
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Gavin was admitted to the hospital shortly after being found and received surgery for anal atresia. At the time of his report he was nine months old and described as introverted and quiet. He liked being held by a caretaker and playing Peek-A-Boo. He could raise his head while lying on his stomach, roll over and sit for awhile with support. At that time he was not yet crawling. He could hold his own milk bottle and was imitating sounds. He liked to listen to music and his favorite toy was a bell. He was wearing diapers and defecating 1-2 times per day and urinating several times per day. Gavin could locate the direction of a sound and visually follow moving objects. He could distinguish between strangers and familiar people and liked to play games.
MAY 2015 UPDATE BELOW:
Representatives of a US agency visited Gavin in May 2015. They said he was working on making his first sounds by mimicking his nannies. He had good focus when engaging with his nanny and gave smiles. The nannies pointed out potential muscle tone issues described as hand and leg tension and asked for therapy recommendations.
APRIL 2016 UPDATE BELOW:
Representatives of a US agency met Gavin again in April 2016 and reported that he is a smiley baby boy who was very comfortable with his nanny. They were told he has received surgery and his defecation is now normal (once daily) and he doesn’t have constipation or any other issues. Caregivers say he can sit on his own, but he didn’t want to show it that day. They said he also kneels sometimes, and crawls. He wasn’t yet pulling up to stand. He will reach out to grab nearby toys, and tries to keep it if another child grabs it, but he can’t grip it very tightly. A chromosome test was done because they initially suspected Down Syndrome. The test results showed an anomaly on chromosome nine, but nothing definite. They also had a CT scan completed due to his motor delays but there were no abnormalities noted. He is now babbling, and sometimes follows basic instructions. If his name is called he will turn. When nannies tease him, he reacts and interacts with them. Staff watched him giggle adorably when his nanny tickled him! She says he is typically an easygoing baby.
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JANUARY 2018 UNOFFICIAL UPDATE BELOW:
From a mama who recently met him: “This little guy was off the charts cute!!! He was very engaging and alert. He could sit up on his own and crawl very quickly. He gave us great eye contact and interacted so sweetly with us, reaching out and wanting to be touched.”
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