Patrick is a sweet and able boy who is diagnosed with CP. He does have significant facial features of FAS, although this is not documented in his medical records. Patrick is able to walk and play on his own, and is very high functioning. He is the best friend of MICHAELA. Although they can not be adopted together, they both strongly desire a family of their own and are high encough functioning cognitively to recognize and fear the next transfer.
From our coordinator: Patrick is the very best friend of Michaela. They spend all the time together: playing together, helping each other. He is a smart, inquisitive, very friendly and kind boy. His dream is to have a family and loving parents. He knows he is facing a transfer to an institution for disabled children of older age, where he will not have a chance to develop his potential. The orphanage staff advocates for these two children with all their hearts.
From a family who met him in July 2011: He has strabismus and cerebral palsy. But, as you know, cerebral palsy is a spectrum disorder. He can walk, talk, and play just fine. When he walked, there was a slight halting to each step, but it did not slow him down one bit!! When he came up to us, he looked in my bag and saw "Chutes and Ladders." He kept pulling at it, and then he opened the game board and let out a squeal of delight. Then he went in my bag to find the pieces. I could tell he really wanted to play the board game, but we were in the hallway and there was no room, so I pulled out the box of playdoh. He managed to pull out one of the containers and open it himself (which is difficult for an adult to do!) I showed him how to work the playdoh, and he was so happy. He was able to play and shape playdoh just fine. He was so creative with the playdoh. I helped him make a duck from the stencil and then he pretended it was swimming through the air. He was telling a whole story about this pink duck in his language. I gave (our daughter) the camera, and they kept taking pictures of each other. He kept making funny faces for most of the pictures. When he was done playing with one thing, he carefully put it back where it came from. When it was time to go, he just said "bye-bye" and left. No fits or anything. Such a happy boy. He might not be the most active child, but I am confident he would be a great child for any family.
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This is Patrick's life as a lost boy. It will continue this way untill someone saves him. Please do!
Life is so free, yet so restricted,
From all happiness I am evicted.
The earth is so full, yet so much more empty,
I sit in silence as all eyes watch me.
The world plays together, yet I am so alone,
We all have shelter but I have no home.
Everyone is cared for, yet I am so neglected,
They make fun of me, no sadness is detected.
Everyone is happy, yet I am so sad,
I wonder why they treat me so bad.
We are all well educated, yet I go to no school,
They are mean because they think it is cool.
Everyone is eating, yet I have no food,
I know they laugh, but why be so rude,
Everyone matters, yet I am called names,
They will call me a tramp, I know, they are all the same,
They hit me, hurt me, yet I feel no pain,
I know tomorrow they will do it again.
Outside on sunny days they'll drink their sugared tea,
But no one knows that the sun will never shine for me.