Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Teamwork Tuesday: Benji

It's Tuesday, and that means Teamwork Tuesday! Today's little boy is Benji, who is almost seven. His special need is listed as "ABITaiPan–Premature, Speech Delay". I have no idea what ABITaiPan means. But here's what Reece's Rainbow has to say about his present condition:
Benji was born prematurely at 30 weeks gestation. His birth mother is an AIDS carrier and a drug abuser. Tests have shown that Benji does not have HIV/AIDS, even though his birth mother does. He suffered from Staphylococcus aureus infection and Retinal Detachment. He received laser treatment and a follow-up examination showed normal results. Benji was diagnosed with speech developmental delay when he moved to the third foster family. As of August 2007, he began receiving speech therapy and cognitive therapy weekly. After two years, his developmental assessment revealed that he could attend kindergarten and did not need extra training since.
Okay, so let's look at this: He does not have HIV/AIDS. He had a staph infection and an eye problem, both of which have been cured/corrected. He had speech therapy in preschool, but he was in a normal kindergarten setting by the time he was four. Maybe I'm missing something, but this child doesn't strike me as the type to merit being in a special needs category! He's probably a good choice for someone who is not equipped to handle serious medical needs. Plus, he's so cute!

So here's what he needs: One family to adopt him. Lots of people to contribute to his grant fund. And everybody to pray for him. Ready, set, go!

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