George died today.
George died today an orphan without a family. He was almost two years old and he never knew the love of having his own family.
A few months ago we asked to have George moved to Little Flower because of his heart condition. His orphanage could not take care of his medical needs.
When we traveled to China last month, we were made Georges "Godparents" because he was so critically ill.
We prayed for George , we advocated for him to find a family and we even thought we should adopt him.
Who will remember George?
George was born with a very complicated heart much like Teresa's. He was a quiet soul. He sat and watched everyone and everything. He was too weak to do much else but he noticed everything. His eyes were soulful. He was an old soul.
When we met him he was a little hesitant about me coming too close to him. He had never seen a person with blonde curly hair. He would stare at my hair and look around like what is that?
He let me sit next to him but if my head came too close he would cry. By the end of our first day together he was letting me hold him and feed him as long as my hair did not touch him.
He was smart, loving and so sweet. We had a very special bond together. I don't know what drew me to him. Maybe it was the same thing I saw in Teresa's eyes. He was different. He reminded me A LOT of Teresa. I believe with all my heart that when you live so close to death you become different. Maybe it is because you walk such a fine line between this world and the next. Maybe it is because God has given you special glimpses into the next world. I do not know but Teresa had it and so did George.
Who will remember George?
My heart is broken once again. We loved George and were praying for him to be adopted and healed.
It has been a very difficult week. Gemma received her blood transfusion today. Her counts were very low this month and for the past two weeks she was tired and not her bubbly self. Emilia came home from the hospital Sunday and was re admitted today because the nasty bug in her legs was resistant to the antibiotic she came home on. On Friday we will travel to CHOP to discuss the autopsy reports for Teresa. And today we found out that George died.
But we will go on. We will remember George and Teresa and all the other orphans that never knew the joy of having their own family.. We must help the orphans.
We must get the heart home open so we can help children like George and Teresa.
Who will help them?
It is every childs birth right to be loved and to have their own family.
Who will remember George?... will you?