Thursday, January 24, 2013

Baby Julner- the 14 month old miracle

I feel like I should start by saying that this story is not my story- these events started before I came to Maison, but ever since I met this child, I feel like this is a story that needs to be shared. One of the first few times I was in the baby room, I met a baby named Julner. He was crawling around like he owned the place, wanting to see everyone. Julner lights up the room. When he laughs you can see his 2 little bottom teeth. He is active and full of energy. He has the physical development of about an 8 month old, So when I looked at his crib at his birthday, I was surprised- this little guy is 14 months old. Curious, I asked about him. This is Baby Julner's story.

Baby Julner arrived at Maison in late August, suffering from illness and severe malnutrition. His parents had previously sought help for him, and he was hospitalized and then brought home. He again become very ill, and the family took him to the hospital again, but the hospital did not address his lack of weight gain or his illness. His parents were very concerned. They both love him and want the best for him, but did not know what to do. When he arrived at Maison, he weighed 7 lbs 4 oz- he was 9 months old. The night he arrived at Maison, he received life-saving fluids. He then went with one of the nannies, Mommy Mureille to the hospital. This is Baby Julner when he arrived at Maison:

Mommy Mureille stayed with Julner for over a month. At the end of September, Julner got to come back to Maison. Bless this sweet lady, who was by Julner's side at the hospital the whole time. Here's the 2 of them when he came back to Maison:

Over the next several months, Julner continued to grow and develop and has gained weight. To say that this boy is a fighter is an understatement. Interacting with Julner is one of the highlights of my day. He is crawling, investigating everything right now. Physically he is still catching up to his age, but he is continuing to grow and gain weight. Cognitively, he is not very far behind at all. This is a testament to the Lord's work at Maison- without life-saving fluids, a lengthy hospital stay, loving nannies, and financial support, this boy never would have had a chance. This is why Maison exists- to help children like Julner. To provide loving, supportive, lasting care for them. To bring them into a providing home, and to help them grow and develop until they are able to be adopted. This is the latest picture of Julner, happy as he can be at 14 months:

To God be the glory, great things He has done. 

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