Like Liz Lemon, I want to just shout, “Everybody shut up for a minute so I can think!”…
You don’t have to get that reference, but for some reason I have to type it.
No. Look again.
That is a real child, not a doll.
Ok. Now that we’re clear on that, we’ll move onto another installment of…
Boys under 2 with Down Syndrome from Paul’s Country
As always, click on faces to learn more.
First up, doll baby, aka Truman (but really some name we don’t know like Vladimir or Sasha).
Born sometime this year, no other medical conditions mentioned! He looks quite healthy, though a adorably light in the hair department (but many babies are).
Next, we have a redhead- Clyde! Someone, please, go get him before he is blonde. I maintain that in the vast majority of cases, children from Ukraine will have sandy blonde hair by the age of 1, no matter what they started out as (redhead, bald, brunette, like Paul).
He’s got a number of medical conditions, most notable (besides Down Syndrome) is HIV. But we don’t really have to be afraid of HIV. Learn more here-please, educate yourself! The atrial septal defect is a heart condition- a hole between the upper chambers of the heart. It could close on it’s own (as small ASD’s commonly do), or it could need to be repaired. It is one of the most common heart defects and while it can cause long term lung issues if left unrepaired, it would likely be an easy fix here in the States. Torticollis is an abnormal head or neck position. From this photo, it honestly doesn’t look like he has torticollis, but if he does, early intervention with a physical therapist (for exercises, stretches, etc) would likely provide good results. “Disorder of the brain” sounds scary, but that’s just how this country describes mental delay, which we could have already deduced since it is typical with Down Syndrome. Dermatitis…get some hydrocortisone cream and be on your way! Lastly, biliary tract issue- this I don’t know much about, as I don’t have much experience with gastrointestinal issues. Maybe the little fellow needs his gallbladder out?
But he’s cute under all that blur…
Rogan, still waiting. I talked about his medical conditions here.
Could this be another photo him? I think so!
And lastly, Octavian, who has quite the grant fund: nearly $6000!
Pray for these kids tonight, and for all children who don’t have the love of a family.