Noa's saving grace was Lila. Her grandma volunteer who was here and dropper fed her and watched over her right from the beginning to make sure that she gained strength and got bigger. It took a long few months and a lot of hard work. One day I looked at her and it was hard to even believe she was the same child that had arrived on April 1st with seven other babies. You might want to know that seven of those kids are gone and James will be the last one out of this group.
I had a friend here from England and she thought we should have Noa's hearing tested, since she suspected that she was hard of hearing. Well the testing showed that Noa was deaf in one ear and had partial hearing in the other. When we send her adoption papers to Beijing we included these testing result so she got adopted as a baby who is practically deaf. We were looking at getting hearing aids and doing some cochlear implants and in the meantime we waited for the matching to be made and soon we heard that Noa was matched with family from Birmingham Alabama and that she would have two brothers and so gotcha day arrived. Nothing much happened with getting help for the hearing aid.
Well, in one of the first emails that we got after Noa's adoption, the great news arrived. The testing had been redone in the US and Noa hearing test NORMAL. I was so happy to hear this. I am so glad that this little girl would basically be a non special needs child and would not struggle with the challenges that would come from not hearing well. So all is well for Miss Noa who is now a 'Bama girl and from all counts is doing really well with her new family.