This is one of the most compelling videos I’ve ever seen. I hope you will take a couple minutes to watch it. . . . and having seen that, would you consider this? The following was written by Salem and I’m reposting with her permission.
He still waits.
Two years ago I walked into an orphanage in Africa and met a precious baby boy.
Elias* was about a year old. I was told he had seizures and low muscle tone. He had reflux and was considered “failure to thrive”. His caregivers asked me if I might be able to find a family for this precious baby boy. Of course, I answered. Of course this precious, adorable baby boy would find a forever family. Two years later…Elias is still waiting. His chances in Africa aren’t good. If he survives he will spend the rest of his life in an institution. He has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and they have a hard time controlling his seizures with the limited medical care available to him. He is being fed through an NG tube (in his nose) because he aspirates his food. While the orphanage he is in is a great one, it is still an orphanage and Elias NEEDS a family. There is nothing that can replace a loving family. Last time I was at his orphanage I went looking for him. I had been warned that he looked a lot different. ”Like a holocaust victim” is how a friend who works at the orphanage described him. Apparently he had been sent to the hospital and came back to the orphanage is worse shape than he was in before. I was heartbroken. He had changed so much. He smiled at me as I held him and I smiled back with tears in my eyes knowing how much harder it would be for him to find a family now. Now that he was older, gaunt, stiff and spastic. I was heartbroken that this little boy with SO much potential is wasting away without a family or the medical attention he so desperately needs. Wasting away because no one will step out and say YES that they will rescue this precious child. Elias is a beautiful, innocent 3 year old boy who needs and DESERVES a forever family. I know it’s scary. I know. Elias needs someone willing to take a leap of faith. Someone who see’s what I see: a sweet little boy who longs to connect with you but who is stuck in a body that is working against him. Parenting Elias isn’t going to be easy. Especially at first. There is no doubt about that. But I can tell you, this little boy is WORTH IT. He will make the most amazing son for someone willing to step out of their comfort zone and bring him home. Please friends, won’t you consider if you are this sweet boy’s family?