When D and I started the adoption process we were asked a very serious question. Would we consider being the parents of a child with a medical condition? We thought for just a few moments before answering yes. Why? The answer was simple for us. We would love and cherish any child born to us with a medical condition and the same would hold true for any child that we would welcome into our family through adoption. The decision was easy and we have never looked back.
When we accepted the invitation to be Kate's parents, we decided that her medical condition would only be shared on a "need to know" basis...with our closest family and friends. We respect Kate and her privacy and want to give her the opportunity to share what she feels comfortable with. We were content with that decision until a few weeks ago...when we realized that we needed help. You see, our Little Love has a broken heart in more ways than one.
Sweet Kate was born with 2 holes in her heart that were detected when she was just a few weeks old. Now at almost 21 months old, she hasn't had any follow up testing or treatment. After working with a pediatric cardiology team at Riley Children's Hospital and using the medical information provided from China, we know that open heart surgery is "likely." We have been trying to prepare ourselves and children for the procedure but the thought of my fragile girl having open heart surgery is almost unbearable. If love alone could heal her tiny heart, I swear I could do it by myself. That I am sure of. However, I know that she needs more than mama's love right now. She needs prayers and lots of them. Please consider adding Kate to your personal, group or church prayer list.
We ask that you pray for Kate's bravery as she meets Dennis and I for the first time. That she learns to trust us as her parents. That she feels the comforting love that a family can provide. Pray that she is strong when she is carried away from all that is familiar to her. That her grieving period is not a second longer than necessary for the healing process to begin. Pray that if it is God's will, little Kate's heart will be healed. That her health has improved. Pray that our little girl lives a long and happy life.