Thursday, May 9, 2013

NDSouth: Arrival & Today: Marshall

Marshall's life is a miracle. In November 2011, his orphanage called us for help. They had just received a baby boy who was very sick. He had recently had surgery which was not successful and lead to an infection. This wasn't just a small infection, but one that would take his life if he didn't receive serious medical help and soon.

We had just made the decision to not bring any more children. But when we got that call, how could we say "no"? We knew that if we didn't help, no one would. The decision was made, and he was brought directly to the hospital in Guangzhou where our staff met him. Marshall was quickly whisked away into emergency surgery knowing that every minute counted. After a long night, Marshall's surgery was complete. But he was still in serious condition and fighting for his life. 
After weeks in the hospital, Marshall grew more stable and finally came home to New Day South on December 15, 2011, just in time for Christmas. He was small, frail, and weak, but in his eyes we could see hope. Marshall was a fighter and we were going to do everything we could to help him win this fight.
As the months went on, Marshall became stronger and stronger. We had a living, breathing miracle in our midst.
Looking at pictures of when Marshall first arrived in our care and now, you wouldn't even know it was the same little boy. Except for his eyes. You could see the hope shining through them then as well as now.

Marshall is doing so well. He is walking, talking, and even started attending preschool occasionally. Of course it is for a very short amount of time since his attention span is rather short! He is one of the happiest, most lovable little boys you will ever meet. Marshall is full of joy, laughter, and hope. And he has the most contagious laughter.
Just like Sammy, Marshall's life is proof that love makes a difference. You can read more of Marshall's amazing story here. He is currently matched with an adoptive family and we can not wait for the day that he joins them.

Thank you for your support of New Day South and making a difference in the lives of our children.

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