A few months later, after several tests and lots of doctor's appointments we found out that Alejandro has a severe hearing impairment. He also has severe reflux, asthma, and allergies. He has been the twin with the most health problems.
Just before she turned two, Marjorie was having a hard time learning to walk and when she did, she walked on her toes. We were given a referral to see an orthopedist in Tegucigalpa. She was diagnosed with a mild form of Cerebral Palsy. Since that day she has responded well to treatments and therapy, but she will need surgery when she is older as well as injections every 6 to 8 months to help keep her muscles from getting rigid.
The foster care organization had been working on the official abandonment decree for over a year, but that process is long and hard here in Honduras. Alejandro is in speech therapy, but desperately needs a cochlear implant to be able to learn language effectively. For this treatment to be extremely effective it needs to be done when Alejandro is young, preferably before he is four years old. That time is quickly running out. We attempted to get a medical visa for them to go to the states for treatment, but were denied by the US government and informed that they would not be eligible for any type of visa until they were adopted. After we were given that news, we petitioned the adoption and foster care organization for permission to try and reach out to the birth mother.
We were able to meet the birth mother a few months ago and have tried to build a relationship with her. She is a very sweet lady who is so happy to see her babies thriving, but realizes that with all of the special needs of these two little ones, she cannot afford their care. She has agreed to consent our adopting them.
At this time, we are embarking on the journey of adoption in Honduras. The Honduran end of the adoption costs $5,000. The US side of things is going to be more costly. We have received quotes from adoption agencies in the states (who we need to authenticate the work done by the Honduran government) from $10,000 and up. As we are missionaries living on a foreign field, it is not easy for us to raise the additional funding we will need for this adoption. We are not allowed to work a secular job (it would take money away from a Honduran family) to raise the money and we do not feel right using our monthly ministry support for an adoption. We have had several friends ask how they could help so we have set up this Go Fund Me page to make it easier for friends and family to give toward the adoption costs of these two special children.
We greatly appreciate all those who want to help us. We are excited to see what God is going to do through the lives of these two little ones. Thank you for helping us bring these special babies into our home forever.
We will be updating this page as we move through the process. Thank you for taking the time read this and for your love and support for our family.
- Gail Gall
- Diane McGrath
- Shona Kochu
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