Featured Child: Amanda
Back in the summer of 2012, a tiny baby was discovered inside a cardboard box, wrapped carefully in a towel. She was extremely thin, with blue lips and fingers. When she was taken to the local orphanage, the nannies quickly realized she had issues with her heart. Baby Amanda struggled to eat and frequently became ill. Exams done at a local hospital gave a suspected diagnosis of Tetralogy of Fallot, a complex congenital heart condition. Amanda was unable to have surgery, however, because she lives in a rural town near the Guangxi/Guangdong border.
This beautiful little girl is now two years old, and she recently came to our attention when an adoption agency began trying to find her a permanent home. A family who reviewed her file was quite concerned to learn that Amanda’s oxygen levels are only in the 60s and 70s. She has to rest even when taking a bottle, because she continually struggles for breath. One of LWB’s wonderful cardiac advisors looked at her records and said this beautiful little girl is at real risk for “TET spells,” which are caused by a rapid drop in the amount of oxygen in the blood, especially after feeding or crying. These episodes can actually be fatal, and so he recommended immediate surgery to save her life.
We are so thankful that Amanda’s orphanage has agreed that we can move her to a top cardiac hospital for heart surgery, as this is the first time we have ever contacted them. Doctors in Shanghai feel she is still operable, even though surgery for this complex condition is usually done within a child’s first few months of life. She will need to make the journey by train due to her low oxygen levels, but wonderful surgeons are waiting for her arrival and will begin treatment right away.
Amanda will need lots of caring angels to help support her, as the estimate for her surgery is $16,000. This will cover both a heart cath to plan the correct surgery and then a full repair for her combination of heart defects. If you would like to be a part of Amanda’s healing, you can visit her sponsorship page here. Your donation in any amount will help this sweet girl.
We are all praying that this beautiful little girl will not only be given a healthy heart, but that she will then be chosen for adoption. We have seen again and again that real second chances happen when we come together in love. Little Amanda, it is now your turn!
UPDATE: We are very happy to report that Amanda's surgery has been fully funded!