When we first found Baby Jesus we were so uncertain of the outcomes he would achieve. His tiny body was severely atrophied from excessive bed-rest and medical neglect. He was completely non-verbal and spent his days isolated as other children at the orphanage grew and went to school without him.
Seven weeks later we have a completely new child. He is verbally communicating his needs and sitting independently for up to one hour at a time. He has learned to dance, drink with a straw, and loves swimming. Baby Jesus has truly experienced one of the most miraculous transitions we have ever witnessed!
In light of his beautiful testimony, we were inspired to dedicate a full unit at our hospital to children just like Baby Jesus. After identifying 57 cases of orphans with physical disabilities and critical medical needs, we were able to select the four neediest cases to seek sponsorship for admission at our facility for long-term care and intensive rehabilitation services.
All four children share Baby Jesus' background of being abandoned as infants and diagnoses of cerebral palsy without access to necessary medical interventions. Admission at our facility will enable each child to access all necessary medications, daily rehabilitative therapies, personal caregivers, modified daily activities, hot meals, faith-based teaching, and a community of siblings who face the same battles daily.
It is our prayer that we will find eight $85/month sponsors so that we may bring all four of Jesus' new siblings to OVI Children's Hospital this week! Please scroll through the following photos & stories provided by the current orphanages to learn about the four lives we so dearly wish to see changed forever!
Patient: 5 year old boy: Cerebral Palsy
"He was abandoned child at Kenyatta National Hospital Casualty. He has cerebral palsy with spastic paralysis affecting the upper extremity mostly the left hand. Muscle wasting recorded on both lower and upper extremities’, the lower extremity has a scissor gait deviation with knocked knees. The child is very social and can laugh, when happy, cry when angry (expressions), and make some sounds, is able to repeat any action done to him."
Kelvin: 10 year old boy: Cerebral Palsy + Epilepsy
"He was born without medical complications but later suffered severe pneumonia while 2 months old. This changed his life completely delaying his developmental stages. The child was abandoned by his parent due to disability. Kelvin cannot walk unaided and also suffers coordination problems with spastic disablement affecting his movements. Kelvin is not toilet trained and always he uses diapers. His speech is greatly affected and he cannot communicate but can cry and laugh. He is also epileptic and requires daily medication."
Baby Joseph: 6 year old boy: Cerebral Palsy
"He was found abandoned one day in a paper bag. He has delayed developmental milestones from head control, he needs special care from the centre due to lack of control [cannot feed himself, sit unaided, stand and walk independently]"
Betty: 12 year old girl: Cerebral Palsy + Epilepsy
"The girl was born alone and abandoned by the parent due to disability, she was locked in the house for five days where the neighbors broke the hut and got the girl out. She was brought to our centre by chief area. She is an epileptic patient that has greatly affected her physical fitness, Betty posses several kinds of disabilities that has left her life full of dependent she can feed herself but under care since both limbs are less functional and can do very little when compared to what is believed to normal postural function. She depends on the orphanage for most of her care and needs."