Madelyn (formerly known as Sarah Lyn) came to New Day when she was four months old and she turns three this December, so we have had plenty of time to watch her transformation from tiny little one to big girl.
Unlike most of the other children here at New Day, Madelyn hasn’t needed surgery or therapy. It may seem a little hard to understand why she would need to come here, with no urgent medical need, but sadly the explanation lies in the perception of children with pigment disorders by local orphanage staff. The increased light sensitivity of their eyes often causes them to appear to be looking sideways, which is wrongly interpreted as a sign of mental delay, which in turn can lead to a lack of stimulation and interaction.
Madelyn in fact did come to us with the most serious of needs – the need for a family.