Thursday, February 28, 2013

Another One Died Alone

This past week, the adoption world and Down syndrome community were shaken to its core.  Another little one died.  Alone.

Stacy.

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This little girl was loved,
Even if she never felt those caressing arms of a parent around her tiny body.
Even if no one sang her to sleep.
Even if she spent most of her days in bed.
Even if no one ever celebrated her birthday with her.  Marking off each passing year that she lived in horrible conditions.


Yes, Stacy was loved by so many in our on-line community.  I heard the cries through the internet.  I could hear the desperation and sorrow as my friend told me the news about the little girl she one day wanted to adopt and welcome into the fold of her family.  Stacy.  Not long ago, we all rejoiced when we heard she had a family coming for her.  A family!  She was loved even if she did not know it.  My heart goes out to her family.  The family who had been plowing through mountains of paperwork, spending copious amounts of money, and exposing their heart so that they could rescue Stacy.  Their daughter.

Yet, in the end, Stacey died alone in that crib.  I wonder if she knew how many loved her.


Let us not forget.
Let us not stop advocating for these children.





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10 comments:

  1. *tears* Fly into the arms of Jesus, little one...

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  2. Does anyone else see the glow of light around her head. Almost like a halo?

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    1. Yes, yes, and yes! I didn't notice it until you pointed it out!

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  3. My heart hurts for that family that loved Stacy so very much and wanted nothing more then to hold their daughter. How unfair is it that so many children, who did not ask to be born "different", get put in an institution over flowing with children. An institution where even if there are people there that care about them, there are just not enough staff to pick each deserving child up, hug them and show them love? How unfair that this little girl was so close to being shown what true unconditional love is, only to earn her angel wings. The only thing that makes me feel comfort is knowing that this little girl is now being shown so much love up in heaven. Sending love and prayers to her family during this very sad time.

    I will not forget and I will start blogging about Reese's Rainbow! I will become one more advocate for them!

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    1. I was just reading the first paragraph of your comment and thought "goodness, Anna! You need to be writing about these children!" and then I finished reading your comment--yep, you need to start blogging :-)

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    2. Thanks! I am attempting to put my thoughts together to write about these sweet children!

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  4. I just finished putting my own two to bed. Favorite stories, snuggling, waiting till they were asleep before sneaking out. Several days ago I was rubbing my girl's backs when she was sick and sad. And I think about all those kids who go to sleep and hurt alone. Sweet dreams, Stacy. I hope you know you were loved.

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  5. It's so sad. I couldn't believe it when I heard the news. Another example of how "transfer" can mean life and death. Thank you for sharing Anna.

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    1. So true. So very true. It does seem that these children rapidly decline once leaving the orphanage and transferring to an institution. I panic every time I see the "facing imminent transfer" next to a child's face. Breaks my heart.

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