LAURENT from European Union
Little Laurent was born very prematurely at 29 weeks gestation in October 2017. He has been diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, multicystic encephalopathy, nonobstructive internal and external hydrocephalus (no shunt), epilepsy which is medication-resistant and causes frequent daily seizures, cavernous hemangioma, umbilical hernia, and specific developmental disorder of motor function. Update March 2021: Medical and developmental information from late 2020/early 2021 indicates that Laurent’s seizure activity has increased, and the hypertensive-hydrocephalic syndrome is intensifying. He spends more and more time in a position of opisthotonos and struggles with inspiratory stridor. Laurent’s physical growth is very slow, and he is occasionally fed via nasogastric tube to ensure the minimally required caloric intake. This little boy waits for a family that can provide care for his lifelong and extensive disabilities and love him just as he is. October 2020: Laurent is largely immobile and depends completely on the care of others. He does not eat well. A calm child, Laurent reacts to some auditory, visual, and tactile stimuli, but is generally passive. This fragile little boy resides at one of the biggest and most notorious orphanages in his country and desperately needs a family that will offer him the love, safety, and comforts of home.