ZZ was blind and the orphanage asked if we could find a foster home for him back in January.
He also could not roll over, sit, stand or do anything else a 2 year old was supposed to do.
They thought he had cerebral palsy, like most other kids who grow up untouched and unstimulated in orphanages, with resultant developmental delay.
No workup had been done on him, to our knowledge.
We found out he had congenital cataracts and indeed was somewhat responding to light, so the doctors deemed him a candidate for eye surgery.
Then we found a heart murmur, with a resultant heart defect, and they wanted to fix that first, and then wait a period of time before fixing his eyes.
We’ve also found out he has no hearing, but is a candidate for cochlear implant surgery.
In the meantime, he has been receiving lots of one on one attention, and daily exercises to stimulate development.
He has progressed to standing, pushing a toy to walk, and reaching out to play with things on his own!
I am fairly convinced he does not have cerebral palsy at all, but has significant delays due to the combined visual and hearing impairment, plus the overall lack of environmental stimulation due to institutional care.
So finally in October he had his eye surgery, one eye each time, one week apart.
Inpatient the whole time (10+ days including the pre-op and post-op mandatory hospital stay here), with around the clock babysitting provided by his foster mother’s church group.
Now he is getting visual stimulation therapy, which includes holding a blinking light in front of his eyes to train him to focus on it, and stimulate that dormant area of his brain.
So far, he is liking it!
He’s even trying out new positions, just for show!