When we arrived at the orphanage to meet the children we are advocating for, we were told that Petey was in the hospital with pneumonia. So couldn’t be with us. We were disappointed, but grateful for the excellent medical care he has access to.
After meeting with several children, a staff member shared, “Petey was just released from the hospital, so you can meet him after all!” We expected a weak, tired child to enter the room, as he literally came straight there from the hospital. Boy were we wrong! In comes Petey, running in like a dinosaur complete with using his pointer fingers as horns on his head and roaring with all his might. I had to confirm with the staff, “Wait…..this boy was just released from the hospital? He just had pneumonia?” “Yes!”
To say this boy has personality doesn’t.do.it.justice.
The light Petey brings to the room is magnificent.
He proceeded to entertain us with more dinosaur impressions, singing baby shark in Thai, as well as signing other Thai songs, teaching his friend different animal sounds, and just overall bringing an unbelievable amount of joy to everyone in the room. The staff shared that this is Petey. Overjoyed, animated, social, happy.
His friends miss him desperately when he’s in the hospital, and rejoice the moment he comes back to the orphanage. On paper he sounds like a very sick little boy (and he does have medical needs that his family must be prepared for), but in real life he is so much more than his needs! He clearly does not let his needs bring him down or define him! Petey is not a sick boy. Petey is a lively, animated, happy-go-lucky, light up the room, loving little boy who just so happens to have some medical needs. There’s a big difference.
The family who brings this boy home will be blessed beyond measure with one of the happiest souls I have ever encountered. We have several pictures and video that we would be more than happy to share with an interested, qualified family. Please complete our free Prospective Adoptive Parent form today to learn more about this special boy!
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