Friday, March 9, 2012

Forget Me Not Friday: Malcom

Forget-Me-Not Friday is a blog host sponsored by Jane at Flight Platform Living with the goal of bringing about awareness of orphans with special needs in Eastern Europe.   To learn more about why this is such a cause close to my heart, please click here.


Malcom is a little boy who was brought to my attention by my emailing buddy S.  I took one look at his sweet picture and my heart melted.  Then I read his story and I cried.  This sensitive boy is being physically hurt by the older, healthier children in his orphanage and yet, look at his sweet smile in the photo!  While Malcom has cerebral palsy and cannot walk, he does maintain sensation in his feet.  I can only imagine that with the proper medical care and a loving family, he could maybe one day walk!  This boy needs a chance.  A fighting chance.

Malcom is facing the mental institution in April. ONE month.  Is it too much to hope that he will have a family by then?

Please, read his story:

Boy, Born April 2007
Malcom has spastic displegic cerebral palsy. He is scheduled to be transferred to a mental institution in April 2012 :(
From a missionary who knows him:  Malcolm needs family badly. He is very emotional, sensitive and not a leader by nature and is being hurt by older and physically healthy children in the orphanage. He can hardly walk but retainssensitivity in the feet. There is a chance only in the presence ofcaring and loving parents Malcolm can walk independently in a future but in the orphanage environment the child is afraid of everything even walking. Malcolm has a favorite little toy: stuffed tiger, he carries it everywhere, he kisses it, puts to sleep, worries about it. Malcolm is interested in all new, he knows the names and colors, understands commands, has attachments to friends in a group, he goes on contact easily and is pleased to dialogue.
He can stand and sit independently, moves around on the knees. He can not walk and is afraid to start trying to walk.  
Malcolm will need a smaller, patient, loving, experienced family to help him heal from the trauma in his life. 
From his medical records:  Cerebral palsy and weak muscular tone.  He only started to walk in the hospital as he had muscles tremor. After the physical therapy, massages and injections – the tremor has disappeared.  As of today, Malcolm can walk with support and the orthopedic footwear. He can make some steps (7-8) without any help and then gets tired.   The doctors give a very favorable prognosis about his walking ability in the future: most likely he will not need a wheelchair.  He has incontinence only because he is not potty trained. He feels the processes and tells the nurse when he has soiled pampers and urinates only when the bladder is full.  Malcolm can eat with a spoon and drink from a mug independently.
He sleeps well and does not wake up during the night. After a dinner if being left alone in a room, falls asleep independently. He is an obedient child, he understands the commands and goes on compromises! He is able to agree and listen to words of adults when it is impossible to do something.  He does not show too much concentration on any activity like almost all orphans. But he has well developed cognitive skills. He loves to dress/undress toys; pack/unpack gifts;open/close cases, cars; play on children's kitchen: to wash the children's dishes, to set up the table. He loves to play with the puzzles and listen fairy tales but it is necessary to show him the  pictures in the book first and  then he would listen with more attention and will tell, that he has heard.
His vocabulary has extended lately. Malcolm is a tender and cheerful child.  A close attachment to the family will be developed when adopted.
$6474.22 is available towards the cost of my adoption!

You all know the drill--pray, spread the word, and donate if possible.  I am hopeful that Malcom's family will find him.


  1. I love Malcome! He is such a beautiful child! Thanks for posting about him! Praying his Mama finds him in time!

  2. (oh, *damn tears*) He reminds me of my son. [massive swearing fit].
    I HATE being poor. Hate it.

    ...every little bit helps, right?

  3. Of course every little bit helps! Just think if everyone donate just a little. . . it would turn into a full grant!


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