Gil was born in January 2009 and found abandoned in a hospital when he was 18 months old. He has been diagnosed with severe Thalassemia. He is receiving regular blood transfusions, however, agency reps who have met him and followed his care say his treatment is not sufficient and the ramifications of his disease are progressing. He needs a committed family urgently.
Upon admission into the institute it was noted that his development at that time was poor and he was very weak. He couldn’t sit, crawl or stand. This little guy has come a very long way since his initial examination! At the time of his report he was 6 years old and was able to drink from a glass, feed himself, dress and undress himself and was fully potty trained. He was said to be very smart, active, cheerful and polite. He enjoyed playing games with adults, listened well during stories and helped his caretaker when able. He can walk, run and go up and down stairs by himself. He holds a pen to draw and can write numbers, read a watch, knows his colors, right and left, and puts puzzles together without help.
Gil has clear pronunciation when he speaks and communicates freely. He shares toys with peers and attends school within his institute to learn math, music, art and common sense. He is said to be a smart and sensible boy and his caretakers hope he will be adopted by a loving family.
Agency reps who have met and advocated for Gil have said, “Gil may be a little guy, at 7 years old he stands about 3 ½ feet tall, but his personality is mighty. Somehow he manages to simultaneously be calm and rowdy, silly and serious, shy and outgoing. One minute he is fully engrossed in the picture he is coloring, the next he is flopping around in the ball pit. One minute he is hamming it up for pictures—tilting his head to the side, flashing the peace sign, and grinning ear to ear—the next he is on the floor intently doing a puzzle. And during it all, he just has this endearing nature. His sweetness draws you in.”
Gil’s blood is occasionally checked and he receives transfusions to help manage his Thalassemia. In August 2015 he was diagnosed with Severe Thalassemia, Iron Deposition Disease and Splenomegaly. He is in urgent need of a forever family to give him the adequate medical care he needs to survive! Gil is now listed with WACAP and has a $4,000 grant.