Meet Austin, a playful – but very determined – five year-old boy. Austin has cerebral palsy, but don’t let that scare you. Austin doesn’t let it stop him. Through Austin’s hard work at physical therapy, and the support of his orphanage, Austin has learned to walk short distances and to climb stairs without assistance. Austin speaks clearly, and his language skills are good. Austin can dress and undress himself, use the toilet, wash his hands, and otherwise take care of his daily needs. The China Coordinator for BAAS has met Austin on several occasions. She describes him as an intelligent, extremely likable, and resilient child.
Austin’s physical improvement and his good nature would be remarkable enough on its own, before you even know about his hard beginnings. Austin was found at approximately three months old, but he was not taken to the local police station until many months later. Almost another year elapsed before he was sent to the orphanage. Despite all that upheaval, Austin appears to be a well-adjusted little boy. Can you imagine how he would flourish in a forever family?
Enjoy watching these priceless videos:
UPDATE March 2015: Austin’s orphanage donation fee of $5,600 has been waived!
A number of additional videos and photographs of Austin are available for interested families. Please contact Xiaoqing at BAAS for more information.