I don’t have the appropriate words to describe all that *Talitha is, except that she is quite a miracle. You see, *Talitha has a life-shortening genetic condition. She has been in and out of hospital since arriving at SCH, where she was referred once her parents could no longer care for her. It is a heartbreaking situation – a family who can no longer care for their medically fragile daughter are forced to relinquish their rights to her in favor of the government. It is no easy thing to do. Luckily, they were referred directly to Sarah’s Covenant Homes.
Yet another miracle is unfolding, however. It has been over 8 months, and *Talitha is currently outliving a previously-assigned life expectancy! She is defying the odds. A fighter who was once still and quiet is no vocal and active. While she still has her limitations, it is like she is coming back to life.
*Talitha, aka “little bird”. She is the youngest and referred to as the miracle child of Anchor Gold. She might be small, but what the Lord is doing through her is far from that. Told she didn’t have long to live, walking through each day with her, God leaves us amazed. She has been the biggest blessing to Anchor Home. *Talitha kicks her feet, wiggles her arms, and coos the sweetest coos. She loves to be cuddled, go on walks in the baby carrier, and swing on the porch. *Talitha, once reliant on oxygen support, is now breathing independently! She is definitely a wonder.
One of *Talitha’s wonderful former foster mothers, Brittany, has written a blog post about this sweet girl, which you can read here.
I’m writing today because there is something that can be done to help improve *Talitha’s quality of life, right now, and make it even better. Since *Talitha has clearly shown she will be here for time indeterminate, just as the rest of us, a more permanent medical intervention is for her to have a g-tube feeding tube placed, to deliver nutrition directly to her stomach.
With a g-tube, *Talitha will no longer have to contend with an NG tube going through her nose and down her throat. This measure will greatly contribute to her comfort, and reduce irritability associated with having tape on her face (to keep the line in place) that is necessary with this temporary method of providing sustenance.
You can donate toward the cost of *Talitha’s g-tube placement surgery here . NEED COVERED!
If you have any doubts as to whether she is worthy of this, I can most certainly say to you that she is, without a doubt, 100% able to benefit from this placement surgery. This little one is fighting so hard every day. She is starting to move, to cry, to come alive. To thrive. To gain weight and wean off constant oxygen. To interact. To love and be loved. She deserves this comfort just as much as every other child.
To follow Brittany and hear more of *Talitha’s story, and to follow the journeys of all the kids who live at Anchor Home Gold, you can subscribe to Brittany’s mail list here. Most of her blogs are password-protected for the childrens’ safety, but some of the blogs are public to boost their visibility. Contact Brittany to request the password!
An important part of SCH’s work is YOU! SCH relies on donations to keep running. Donation opportunities include child sponsors at any cost per month, from as low as $25/month. Sponsorship usually costs between $300 and $500 per child, depending on complexity of needs and which city they live in (Ongole or Hyderabad).
You can sponsor any child who needs additional funding at SCH by using the resources found here. Use these resources to get involved in other ways, such as becoming an advocate or volunteering. You can also become a medical sponsor (ideal for large groups or organizations who wish to support SCH) and donate toward monthly emergency medical expenses; or become an educational sponsor and donate toward a specific on-site school. Learn about other ways to give charitably to SCH here, and check back often for additional opportunities. You can also send gifts via Amazon India, make a one-time, general donation, pray if that is your calling, or volunteer at home or in India yourself by using these resources!
*A note about names: SCH uses online nicknames for the children in order to protect their identity, per Indian government guidelines which state that children in care may not have identifying photos of them on the internet, as well as no identifying information such as birth name, place of origin, etc.