It's a heart-breaking start to a story, isn't it?
Millie's heart was not only emotionally broken, but physically broken too. Her severe heart disease would have been the reason that her birth family left her near the orphanage, when there was nothing more that they could do for her.
Millie spent about six months receiving lots of love from the amazing folk at New Day South, but she desperately needed surgery and all the local hospitals were unwilling to take on such a serious case. The only surgeon willing to operate was here in Beijing, and she would need after-care too, so it was decided that Millie should move to New Day Beijing.
Another big change for a little one that had already been through so much. It's no wonder that, in her first pictures taken here, she looks wary and cautious...
This amazing little lady did SO well, adjusting to her new surroundings and new carers, and bravely setting off to the hospital to have her surgery.
She even managed a beautiful smile while she was waiting to go into the operating room!
The surgery went well, although afterwards the surgeon told our director that he had been afraid to attempt such a complicated and dangerous surgery. At the beginning of July last year, Millie came back from the hospital. You can ready this post about her recovery and readjustment.
At first she was so weak, unable to walk or lift anything. All she really wanted to do was just sit and be cuddled.
There were plenty of cuddles, and before too long there were cautious steps...
...and beautiful smiles!
That was last Summer, what about today?
Looking good, sweet girl! It's a wonderful transformation.
The best part is still to come. One day soon, Millie will join her forever family! We are so privileged to have been a part of her story, and we know that the rest of it is going to be even more amazing.