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The following is a letter I received from A Romanian List-Serve.  It is from a mother of an adopted Romanian orphan. 
It is GOOD NEWS but also shows the struggles and these children must overcome.
Ms. S
 

ONE OF ROMANIA'S BEST AMBASSADORS

On a day when all of the news I'm reading and hearing about Romanian children continues to be so sad and horrifying, I thought I'd write in to give some positive news about a Romanian child.

On Friday, my 8 year old adopted daughter, Laura, was given her elementary school's "Leadership Award". This is the second year in a row she was given this honor and all of us who know and love her are extremely proud. Laura struggles each day with auditory processing and sensory intergation disorders and is receiving "special services" (speech and language, occupational therapy, and academic assistance) while in her second grade class. Nevertheless, she is tenatious, loves learning, and always has a smile. Recently, after undergoing the Berard auditory retraining program outside of school, she jumped 5 book levels in reading and is showing improvement in Math. Needless to say, her self-confidence has zoomed. Having tested to have an above average IQ, her inability to retrieve and process information quickly (the manifestation of the auditory processing disorder) has always been a source of frustration to her and yet she never gives up trying.

Laura was adopted at the age of 2 years, 8 months and came home 2 weeks before the moratorium on ICA in 2001. In the last 5 years she has had surgery to remove her adenoids, found to need glasses, and diagnosed with the above. In the last several months I discovered that Laura has Sever's disease - severe inflammation in both heels - due to her right leg overcompensating for her left when she walks or runs. Her left leg was found to be a 1/2 shorter than her right due to her having either being dropped when she was a baby or the result of a bad fall when she was a young toddler in Romania. We know it happened in Romania as I had immediately noticed her left leg appeared shorter while changing her pull-ups/diapers after we arrived home. Her pediatrician and an orthopedist at the time thought it was because she was extremely pigeon-toed, but didn't do any measurements. After complaining of severe pains in her ankles for a few weeks in December, I took her to an orthopedist who had x-rays taken and saw the inflammation in her heels. He then sent us to a physical therapist who took measurements of her legs. She is now undergoing physical therapy twice a week to lengthen her left leg and readjust the hip sockets. I no sooner had her in physical therapy when she began complaining of stomach pains and feeling like she wanted to vomit. Another doctor and a gastic reflux diagnosis.

I tell you all this to illustrate that even with her learning disabilities and frequent physical pain, Laura perservered and never gave up and always did her best, like so many of the children we have adopted. She continues to inspire me every day to fight for the abandoned children left behind. Something I will never stop doing until they have the right, as she did, for a permanent family.

Linda

For the Children SOS

 

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