All it takes is one photo to cut you to your very core, and little Dexter’s photo has done just that for many.
This photos, some of his newest, show a little boy whose round face has given way to noticeable weight loss, his kissable lips, dry and cracked and his intense eyes now show tired. Such contrast to an older photo showing a little boy who was engaged had a round face and kissable full lips.
In the beginning…
Dexter came into care as an infant, at just two months old. His medical need was determined to be limb differences affecting both his wrists/hands and his weight was a healthy 9.7 lbs.
He was described as baby who was adored by his ayis, had a good appetite, and loved to play while lying on the floor soaking in the sun light. A little man with a ready smile, quick reaction but wee bit shy.
Known to be a sensitive little boy who could easily read the faces of others, he too would get upset if he would see someone who was sad. Oh, but smile at him and he would smile and giggle right back. And loved to snuggle, he would crawl up to his ayis and hold onto their legs looking up at them with happiness.
The sparkle in his eyes is fading. He looks tired and frail. He is too weak to keep us with his friends.
The last line of one of his developmental report reads “We hope he can quickly find a home and have a loving father and mother as well as an even healthier and happier childhood.”
My hope for him is just that. To again see that sparkle in his eye, for that intelligent little boy to have a smile on his face and most of all for Dexter to have his family, one that will hold those two specially made little hands in theirs forever.
Some resources for parenting children with limb differences can be found through these links:
Yahoo Adopt Limb Difference Group
Amniotic Band Syndrome
Amputee Coalition of America
Helping Hands Group