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Estella from North Carolina

Hopscotch Adoptions Inc.

  • Age5
  • GenderF
  • LocationNorth Carolina
  • Case #Estella

Estella was born in March 2012 and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy (lower spastic paraparesis), optic nerve atrophy resulting in blindness, and sensorineural hearing loss. She is frequently ill with a variety of infections. Estellas development is delayed.

July 2014: Estella currently functions at the level of a young infant. She eats with good appetite, can roll from back to stomach, sits with support, and briefly holds toys in her hands. Estella responds well to tactile stimulation. She coos and babbles.

Estella is looking for a family that can lovingly and patiently address her serious, permanent special needs.

Update Aug 2014: Our in-country representative visited Estella and found her to be a calm, sweet, and quiet girl. Estella eats from a spoon and bottle with assistance and sleeps well. She receives physical therapy and also has access to a sensory room. Estella may have some residual hearing, but no official tests have been performed to confirm this matter. Our in-country representative gave Estella one on one attention, tickling and caressing her, and she clearly showed her enjoyment of these interactions.

Estella underwent a course of hydrotherapy in July which had a positive effect on her body which is now more relaxed, stable and strong. Estella now easily turns from back to stomach and stomach to back. She can hold her head up longer during tummy time and stays in a supported sitting position for a long time. When held under the armpits by an adult, she attempts to take steps.

Update Feb/March 2016: Estella's physical condition remains unchanged. She can roll over and sit with help, but does not stand, crawl, or walk. She has been diagnosed with lower limb spastic paraparesis, quadri-hypotonia and hyperreflexia. Estella has been assessed to function approximately at the developmental level of a four-month-old child. She responds to touch and smiles briefly.

Estella was placed at a different orphanage in February 2016 and has adapted well to the new environment and routines. In her new setting, Estella is provided with systematic rehabilitation. She has already learned to have meals while sitting upright, accept food from a spoon, and eat roughly mashed dishes instead of purees. She spends extended periods of time each day in a physical therapy stander and works with a kinesthetic therapist daily. Estella has been fitted with orthopedic shoes and it is expected that she can eventually learn to walk. The orphanage staff are hoping to get her hearing aids soon and find her an appropriate educational setting as well as additional early intervention services.

Estella is a positive, brave, affectionate child who enjoys being held. The staff at her orphanage are optimistic for Estella's continued developmental progress.

Update March 2017: Estellas educational program was modified after consultations with specialists for children with visual and hearing impairments; this has resulted in significantly decreased anxiety in Estella as well as increased adaptability. She now works weekly with a teacher for blind children in addition to having sessions with a physical therapist and psychologist. Estella is able to hold objects in her hands for short periods, expresses her emotions through vocalizations, and responds to tactile stimulation with a smile. She eats from a spoon with an adults help and drinks from a sippy cup.

Weight at birth: 2.750 kg Weight October 2015: 10.7 kg Weight December 2016: 11.5 kg

Height at birth: 49 cm Height October 2015: 91 cm Height December 2016: 98.5 cm


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