Thursday, July 07, 2011

July 2011 Update

I thought I would write and tell you what is happening at Starfish right now. We have had six adoptions in the last few weeks.

1) Caroline became Skylyn and is now with her family in Utah.

2) River is now a Canadian and living in Vancouver with his family.

3) Cameron is still in China and will be in Canada at the end of the week

4) Anthony's new name is Angus and he is also Canadian, a Scottish Canadian judging by the name.

5) Emerson became the first child of a Finnish family who has been waiting for him for 6 years.

6)  Matilda is still in China with her family but will be home in Alabama soon. 

True to the purpose of Starfish we went soon after the adtoptions to replace the babies that had left, and came home with three boys and three girls.  Three cleft lip and palate babies, two heart babies and then a baby without formed ears (Microtecia).  They were all very weak and sick and in the first week we already lost one of the boys, Jules.  I put the rest back into the hospital again and I will hope to get them healthy and strong soon.

We have lot of babies in the hospital.  Joseph is getting heart surgery in Hangzhou soon and we hope that they can also help Luke who has some lung problems. Chris had emergency surgery for a bowel obstruction, so things are hopping in that department.

In this past week two babies walked for the first time.  Morgan gave her firsts steps and so did Ryan.  Morgan is so proud of herself and Ryan has such concentration when he walks.  It is so cute to see.

We are in the throws of organizing another medical mission. We will be doing 20 babies cleft lip and palates and this time the medical team will be an Australian team.  I am so grateful for anyone's willingness to come to Xian and do surgeries and to make such a huge difference in the lives of these children.

Another piece of news:  I will be in Utah for two weeks at the beginning of August.  I will be visiting Caroline's family and will have the honor of being at the final religious adoption ceremony for the family.

Life, love and laughter,

At Starfish, we have taken care of 144 children to date, arranged more than 165 surgeries and had 63 international adoptions, so our little starfishes live all over the globe: the US, Netherlands, Norway, France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Canada, Australia and in China.  Our latest six adoptions, added two more babies to Canada, one more to Finland and three to the US.  We currently have 48 babies under the age of 3 and a half at the foster home.  We have 8 babies who are matched and we are waiting for their families to come and get them, so there will be a mass exodus in the summer. Our next adoption will be to the US on July 17th.

We had two medical teams successfully completed 35 cleft lip and palate surgeries in April and May.  We are so proud of these teams and want to thank them so much for their efforts.  Our grateful thanks to the Xian Children's Hospital for being the venue and for working so well with these teams.

Starfish Children's Services
US Tax Number:  20-4682916
Xian China

Cell: 86.1348.812.4847


Rachel Mcgee said...

Love the pictures of Jane, Celine and Mila. :) Miss being at Starfish.

Jacob said...

Hi, Mila!