He is strong, he is resilient, and he is a little miracle.
Life hanging by a thread
8-month-old Beibei first arrived at ICC in 2014 where our in-house therapist was not positive that this abandoned baby with hydrocephalus (a condition that caused abnormal swelling and increased pressure in his brain) could survive beyond a few months, if without any immediate medical intervention.
Although the best timing for surgery might have already passed, we decided to give Beibei a fighting chance for living and enjoying a life with some quality.
The surgery did come after his head had grown too much, which meant Beibei has had some significant complications to overcome. Since his head was heavier than normal, it took him much longer to get head control, and because his head control was delayed, so was the rest of his physical, cognitive and social development.
A living miracle
“Beibei is exceeding our expectations and amazing us every day. He is strong, he is resilient, (and) he is a little miracle.” Kyla, ICC’s China Operations Director, said with an assuring smile.
After the surgery, Beibei soon settled into one of ICC’s group homes in Heng Yang, where he has become part of our precious family of children that delight us and bring blessing to others every day.
Today, Beibei enjoys wheeling himself around in his new wheelchair that was raised for through the Hong Kong Circle of Hope fundraising dinner. This new wheelchair not only created more independence for Beibei but also allowed him to explore the world while bringing life and joy to every corner he could reach as a living miracle.
A life of quality
At ICC’s family-style group home, Beibei has benefitted from a safe and stable home environment where he could enjoy one-to-one time with his caregivers. As he grew, he attended daily therapy that helped him strengthen his head control and sit up in a better position so that he could participate in activities.
Reading and singing are Beibei’s favourite hobbies. While waiting for his turn for therapy or for his dinner, Beibei would sing quietly in his own bed or on the mat. At his special education classes, he is learning very quickly and he really loves books and story time. He also delighted in moments with international volunteers who stopped to play and made time for him.
We can’t be more proud of and grateful for all the progress and development Beibei has shown over the years. Our wish is for Beibei and all other children and young adults at ICC to enjoy a life with love, hope and opportunity.
Beibei when we first met him in 2014.
Suffering from hydrocephalus, Beibei’s head was larger and heavier than normal due to the abnormal swelling in his brain.
One of Beibei’s favourite hobbies is reading.
Beibei and his buddies during the special education class.