This sweet young man is my son. I rescued him two weeks ago from the bondage of a Ukrainian orphanage.
After the Revolution and gain of independence many soldiers came home with missing limbs and other disabilities. Leaders decided that seeing such people would bring sadness to the already weeping country. So they locked them away in institutions.
It became the norm to not see such people in the public.
A child born with a disability is often considered by society as a curse.
So it is the norm for those children to never come home from the hospital.
Or doctors have been known to give parents contact info so they can have their organs harvested.
In the black market.
In return the family will gain a small amount of cash.
Children left behind will be in an baby house OR orphanage until age 5.
At age 5 they are then transferred.
To an adult MENTAL institution, often for disabilities only physical.
85% of these children will die within the first year of transfer.
What happens to the remaining 15%?
They hang on and wait.
BUT SOMETIMES THERE IS HOPE.
Organizations such as Maya's hope provides caretakers and medical interventions to orphanages in Ukraine that will ALLOW it.
Most think the kids are better left to die.
Remember they are a curse.
They are considered a vegetable.
I found my son through Maya's hope.
He was 1 of 4 special needs orphans that I brought to America yesterday.
He will be 16 in two weeks and he would have became unavailable for adoption due to his age.
I am so lucky to have found him in time.
When I first met him he weighed 22lbs at almost 16.
He was so drugged he was choking on his tongue and had no idea I exist. But I knew he existed. I saw Daniel. I saw my son.
We took Daniel to the hospital right away when we landed so that we could address the very serious situation of Refeeding syndrome. His labs were VERY BAD but not as bad as I would expect from a child in such dyer situation. Looking at him you would not believe he has survived such a life. But the truth is he has been in this nightmare almost his entire life. He adapted and this is his norm. He has non working shunts in locations that are not ideal. But we recently found out they are causing no real threat and it would be more of a risk to remove them so they will remain.
His hemoglobin was only 3 which low is considered 14. So he required an immediate blood transfusion. Of all his labs only his electrolytes were in normal range. Although all labs were severely under normal range they expected them to be much much worse due to his visual state. No child in America would survive such low numbers. He on paper is barely alive compared to normal standards but this has became his norm and he has adapted to survive. He has been in this condition for many years. He did very well receiving the new blood and it brought his hemoglobin up to a still low 4.4 but it is good progress and his color is already starting to emerge. That is one positive step on a long path of recovery.
He has gained a couple pounds already in our care. We have had him two weeks already but in Ukraine. If you have ever wondered what it would be like for a 5 year old child to be placed in an adult mental institution in a dark cold room starved, and left to die..... look no more, I found him and it is very sad. But I couldn't continue knowing and do nothing. We brought him home and call him son.
HE IS NOT ALONE IN THIS STATE OF DISASTER.
The smell, sights, sounds and realization that MOST will never escape this state has left my heart shattered and it will forever haunt me. Most will not have a second chance like Daniel. We can't always expect others to do the right thing but you always can do the right thing even if it is the hardest thing you will ever do in your life. You must be the change you wish to see or you can't expect change. Casting stones only builds walls. Walls only further hide the pain it doesn't erase it. I wanted to be so mad about the people who did this but If it stopped at being mad then I might as well be letting it happen too. Our boy is tough, he has survived. He is loved and love makes us stronger and I can't wait to share all the progress he will have in his future.
As I stated above there are others. Others who need you like Daniel needed me. If you would like to know more on how to adopt one of these children please visit the Reece's Rainbow web site. There are many Special needs orphans listed from all over the world. All longing for the care and treatment they deserve.
If your heart is lead specifically to children in Ukraine in the condition as my son Daniel I can give you more iformation but please contact me privately Here. We can be the change the world needs to see and you can make a difference in a life that is hanging on by the thinnest of threads. Every child deserves a family. Every child deserves love.