People often envy other people because of their “clever hands.” Maybe these hands can play the piano, paint, write, embroider, frost delicious cakes, or design beautiful jewelry and so on. However, I was born with congenital multiple contractures, meaning my hands can perform very little because of their unique shape. Perhaps this is the reason I am orphaned.
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) refers to the development of multiple joint contractures affecting two or more areas of the body prior to birth. A contracture occurs when a joint becomes permanently fixed in a bent or straightened position, which can impact the function and range of motion of the joint and may lead to muscle atrophy. Treatment varies based on the signs and symptoms found in each person, but may include physical therapy, removable splints, exercise, and/or surgery.
— National Institute of Health
To give me the opportunity for better treatment and more specialized care, my orphanage asked Dew Drops to help me. My caregivers here have warm hearts and skilled hands. They have accepted me for who I am and are patient with me as I slowly develop my skills.
Everyday, my nannies do my hair with their talented hands!
Everyday we use our hands to play hide and seek!
Everyday we clap our hands with excitement.
Everyday we explore each others hands!
Everyday my nanny’s hands teach me how to use my hands!
Even though I was born with birth defects, abandoned by my biological parents, and have obvious development lags, I know there are so many people in this world who silently love me and follow my story. Thank you for advocating for children like me and supporting orphans and disabled children. Dew Drops and my caregivers have been my source of happiness, and I am very thankful.