Chelsea is a strong and open girl who was found at a station gate in November 2009. She was born February of 2009. Upon admission into the care center, Chelsea was noted to be weak and thin with rapid breath and a feeble cry and to have a sacrococcygeal bulge. In March of 2011 she was hospitalized due to an increase in size of this bulge, and an MRI confirmed diagnoses of spina bifida and hydrocephalus. At that time she received a shunt and repair of the lumbosacral meningomyelocele and has made great physical strides since, soon after being able to sit up. An imaging test done in November 2011 had normal findings of the heart, lungs, and diaphragm.
She is very determined after the surgery. She uses her thigh to support herself up and play with the kids. She cannot walk at this point yet. Sometimes, she will sit on the wheelchair to enjoy sunshine, study or listen to music. Sometimes, she crawls on the floor with her hands and chases with the other kids.
She is incontinent due to her special need and wears diapers. Her language is very good. She can sing children’s songs, read poems. She is getting pre school education in the orphanage located in Guangzhou.
Chelsea is more determined and more independent than peers her same age. She is smart and learns well. She likes eating rice. She is not picky and eats everything. She feeds herself independently. She also helps feed the younger children. She gets along well with other people. She is very happy and optimistic. She is close and attached to the orphanage caretakers.
Watch her video taken a few weeks ago.
Chelsea is on the shared list and can be adopted by a family or single woman working with any agency. For more information on her or in regard to beginning the adoption process, contact the Advocacy Team.