- LocationNorth Carolina
- Case #Burke
Burke was born prematurely in March 2009 and has been diagnosed with infantile cerebral palsy, retinopathy of prematurity (complete bilateral retinal detachment) and amaurosis. His overall development is delayed.
Burke is a healthy little boy who orients well in known environments, walks independently for short distances, and moves with confidence when holding onto supports. He explores spaces largely by knocking, tapping and clapping and purposefully grasps toys and objects with both hands. Burke shows understanding of things that are said to him in the context of everyday life and he has recently begun to react when others read to him. He vocalizes combinations of sounds but has no meaningful speech at this time.
Burke becomes anxious in new situations and when his surroundings are filled with too much noise or too many people. He may cover his ears and bang his head especially with exposure to loud sounds, however he calms quickly with music. Burke tolerates the presence of other children but is most comfortable when on his own or with a known adult in a quiet environment. He truly enjoys hugs and seeks out physical closeness with familiar adults. Burke likes playing with musical instruments, being sung to, and listening to music.
Burke has recently begun to fall asleep quicker and to sleep more peacefully through the night. He requires assistance with all daily living tasks, including feeding and toileting. Although he is slated to move to a facility for blind children, currently under construction in his country, such an institution will never compare with the resources, therapies, and love of a dedicated forever family.
Weight at Birth: 1.060 kg Weight April 2017: 13.6 kg
Height at Birth: 37 cm Height April 2017: 103.5 cm Head circumference April 2017: 48 cm
THIS CHILD MUST BE ADOPTED FROM THE FOREIGN COUNTRY OF HIS/HER RESIDENCE.
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