Bella (domestic special needs Waiting Child)
Bella was born in October of 2017 at a hospital in New York City. She was then transferred to a NICU and then a long-term Children's Hospital. After birth, Bella was diagnosed with Prader Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects appetite, growth, metabolism, cognitive function and behavior. Children with Prader Willi have low muscle tone and short stature. Long-term, Prader Willi causes incomplete sexual development, cognitive disabilities and behavioral problems. Prader Willi is also notable for causing a feeling of insatiable hunger which requires strict behavioral modifications to discourage overeating.
At this time, Bella is receiving Early Intervention services in the hospital, including physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. She has low muscle tone and she is fed through a G-Tube, although it is expected that she will transition to feeding independently as she grows stronger.
Bella's parents are working with Spence-Chapin to make an adoption plan, if you would like to be considered as a potential adoptive parent. Click here to access the form.
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