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The first time I met an orphaned child who was blind, my heart ached for her. The orphanage was crowded and loud, and she sat all day on her little chair looking overwhelmed. I was told that her future would be difficult, as she could not attend public school, and she would most likely never find work. The orphanage staff told me there was a good chance she would be institutionalized her entire life, simply for being blind.
So when we first learned of baby Song, I knew we had a difficult decision to make. He had been diagnosed with retinoblastoma, an eye cancer. Treatment involves removal of the eye, which we quickly did, knowing he could still see with his left eye. Here he is shortly after that surgery.
Unfortunately, at his next medical exam, we learned that cancer was in his left eye as well. To save his life, we would have to remove both eyes, leaving Song permanently blind. This was a very difficult decision, as I knew that without adoption, we could be committing him to life in an institution. But it was the only option to save his life, and so surgery was done. Subsequent CT scans have shown that he is cancer free, and for that we are so thankful. His orphanage agreed to submit him for international adoption, and he is now on China’s shared list. But sadly, no one has stepped forward to choose him.
In June, I had the honor to meet little Song in person. Of course I knew from his photos what a beautiful little boy he was, but meeting him face to face took my breath away. Song is only 2 years old, but he talks like a little adult. He happily chatted all through lunch, commenting on every dish and asking who everyone was. Since losing his sight, his other senses have become increasingly sharp, and he could tell immediately when I was near. His caregivers told us again and again how very smart he is, and they are all hoping that a family will want him as their son. Without adoption, the reality is that Song’s life has little hope. But with a family to support and love him, and provide this remarkable and intelligent little boy with an opportunity to go to school, I know his future can be unlimited!
Executive Director, Love Without Boundaries
(Song currently has an adoption grant towards his adoption expenses through LWB)
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