Emma is 2 1/2 and living in an orphanage in Eastern Europe. She has been severely neglected since arriving at the orphanage at the age of 2 months old. Emma was born from an intended pregnancy. Her mother had a rought pregnancy and Emma was born prematurely via emergency C-section and went into cardiac failure when she was 3 minutes old. She was without oxygen for 3 minutes, then sent to the NICU where she spent her first two months of her life. Her parents walked away, signing her over to the government. After she was discharged from the NICU she was sent to the orphanage where she has spent the majority of her time laying in a crib without attention or love. There is some concern that Emma MAY have a brain injury from lack of oxygen in the initioal moments after her birth. The orphanage staff has this to say about Emma:
"Because we (the staff) are not many, we work more with the healthy children that need attention. Emma lies in the bed almost all the day because she has running nose often. She feeds from a bottle. A progress that Emma made was that she taught herself to turn from back to stomach, and she started raising her head and back." The worker also told us: "Emma has weak interest in everything, but I do not think she can develop this interest if nobody works with her. My opinion is that with individual care she can develop some skills, interest and progress. I am not sure what exactly and how much this individual care would do for her progress, but I am sure that it will be better than the child just to lie in the bed all day. The psychologist also told me that Emma has no speech, but I do not think she can teach herself alone without anyone talking to her. She pronounces some sounds. She is calm child, does not make any problems and does not cry. She smiles very rare. I hope if she has the cha nce to be brought up in familial environment, to receive love and individual care, that she can have better progress in her development."
In September of this year, our US attorney went to Europe to the orphanage to visit Emma. The staff could not find her. She was finally located behind the door of her room, strapped in a stroller, facing a blank wall. This is where Emma spends her time when she is taken out of her crib. She has no value at the orphanage and consequently receives NO attention at all. She is fed, her diaper changed at least once a day, and then left alone.
We are in the process of adopting Emma, but need some help to raise the funds to get her home quickly. When a child stops crying, it means they have given up. Emma has lost hope. She has never felt the loving touch of a caregiver, much less a mother. She deserves the love and care of a family, just like every other child. We are asking for donations so we can get her out of her living hell, and home where she will receive the love and care of a family. Every dollar helps. Please consider helping us bring Emma home! Thank you!