I was recently asked if I would post Makenna's information on our blog in the hopes that her forever family might be found. She, like Xiaoyun, has congenital scoliosis, but was able to have 2 surgeries already to correct this. Also, like Xiaoyun was at this time last year, she is very close to losing her opportunity to have a family. She'll be 14 on December 2. Lest you think that is not enough time to get your paperwork together - at this time last year we had never seen a file of Xiaoyun (we saw her file mid February), but I had Xiaoyun in my arms 10 weeks after looking at her file. It can be done and will change this beautiful girl's life ( and yours!) forever!!!! I am able to get more detailed medical information about Makenna if anyone is interested. She was agency specific, but has just recently went back on the shared list. If you'd like more information leave a comment (I promise not to post it!!) with your email and I'll make sure you get it. Praying she receives her miracle too!!!!!!!!
Here is the information I received:
"Makenna is a pretty young girl who will be 13 years old on December 2. She only has 1 more year to find a family before she will no longer be eligible for adoption under Chinese law. She has had several surgeries; one when she was an infant to remove the meningocele on her back, then one to correct her scoliosis in 2007 and another for scoliosis in 2009. Makenna is a delightful young girl who is very smart and very compassionate toward others. She has received several awards at school for her abilities. She is very fond of reading and loves to do needlework. She is quiet and thoughtful. She is very polite and will always share with others. Her teachers, nannies and friends all love her very much. Makenna has endured many surgeries and always faced them with bravery. This sweet girl is ready to be brave yet again and face a whole new world...a new family, school, friends, language, customs...but she is ready. She only has one more year to find you... Makenna was abandoned as an infant at a hospital and after the search for her birthparents failed, she was sent to a welfare institute to be raised. In 1999, she underwent surgery for a spinda bifida related tumor on her back and was diagnosed with scoliosis. She underwent further corrective surgeries in 2007 and 2009, which have greatly improved her scoliosis. Her caretakers say she has adapted well to life in the orphanage and considers the other children her brothers and sisters. She is described as a helpful, kind, introverted, shy and cute girl. She enjoys cross-stitch, reading books, and is loved by her teachers. Though a little behind in school due to missing classes due to having surgeries, Makenna is very smart, works hard and has earned several awards in school. Makenna has told her caretakers that if she were adopted, she would miss her caregivers and the children she calls her brothers and sisters. She would love to go back and visit them if she ever had the chance. She also desires her own mother and father, a space of her own, and a warm family. MakennaFang has agreed to be adopted by a foreign family and would have the opportunity to know a life of love, growth and happiness. "