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Karsten from North Carolina

Hopscotch Adoptions Inc.

  • Age6
  • GenderM
  • LocationNorth Carolina
  • Case #Karsten

Karsten was born in May 2011 and is in severely impaired physical condition. He has been diagnosed with a polymalformative syndrome, congenital hydrocephalus (ventriculoperitoneal shunt installed, followed by valve dysfunction with a neuroinfection and subsequent shunt revision in Spring 2015), Dandy-Walker syndrome, anal atresia (colostomy has been performed), sigmostoma and sagittal proctoplasty, multicystic dysplastic right kidney, pyelectasis and hypertrophy of the left kidney, and blindness. His development is significantly delayed.

Update Oct 2017: Karstens emotional state is most often positive. He can roll from front to back and is able to maintain several different body positions in bed. He responds to his name, produces sound combinations, and imitates syllables spoken by adults. Karsten reaches out his hand to initiate contact with adults or taps a toy on a hard surface to get their attention. He laughs when they interact with him and protests when he is ignored. Karsten is bottle fed and sleeps calmly.

2015: Karsten's gross motor activity is limited to a small range and he often needs assistance in moving his body. He eats from a bottle and sleeps well. Karsten does reach for toys and holds them, exploring what they do. He looks for fallen objects and recognizes familiar adults.

Karsten has regressed since his hospital stay for a shunt revision. He used to babble and imitate spoken syllables, but now vocalizes only to express pleasure or distress. He still smiles, but his loud laughter has disappeared. Karsten seeks physical contact with familiar adults, reaching for and holding their hands and directing their hands toward his face for caresses.

Karsten is in a large orphanage where the care is typically lacking more than in other institutions. He urgently needs a loving family to provide him with the resources to thrive.

Weight at birth: 3.180 kg Weight Aug 2017: 24.000 kg

Height at birth: 50 cm Height Aug 2017: 117 cm


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