Marissa

Marissa was born in September 2015 and found abandoned when she was around 3 months old. She has been diagnosed with post-operative hydrocephalus. Persistent left vena cava is also mentioned within her file.

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Upon admission into her institute Marissa was said to have a fair appetite, frequent movement and strong arms and legs. She could giggle loudly when being played with by foster mom. She was babbling, sucking her fingers, grabbing toys, recognized her foster mom’s voice and seemed very happy. When she was 5-7 months old she would look around after hearing her foster mother’s voice and reach out her arms to ask for a hug. As she got older her head circumference was growing bigger than her peers and hydrocephalus was suspected.

In May 2016 (when she was 8 months old) Marissa was sent to Shanghai to receive an operation and rehabilitation training. Before her operation she could not sit independently and the hospital found that her hydrocephalus was very severe. By the end of that month a drainage tube was placed and the operation was considered successful. After surgery her condition gradually improved and by 11-14 months old she could sit steadily and was crawling with four limbs. She was calling, “mom” and “dad” to her foster parents, could shake her head to express “no,” and could point to the cracker to express being hungry.

Marissa’s adoption report was completed in May 2017 when she was 15 months old. At that time she was able to walk alone, had a ready smile, liked to exercise and was said to be cheerful and adorable. She had a good appetite although she didn’t chew well. She was imitating words, responding when asked for objects and used words to express her needs.

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