Wednesday, March 2, 2016

February 2016 Featured Child : Shun

As February is American Heart Month, we have chosen to highlight one of our heart babies for this month. Little Shun came to us last October as a 3 week old baby. He was born with a complex heart defect and when he first came to us he only weighed 3 lbs. 9 oz. (1610 g). Since he was so tiny, our focus was to stabilize him and help him get big enough for surgery.

Because of his size and his heart defect, little Shun needed tube feedings to help him gain weight. Gradually he was able to take more of his feedings from the bottle and we were able to stop using the feeding tube.

Shun loves all the attention he gets by his caregivers and he loves falling asleep in one of their arms. In just a short time, we started to see Shun get bigger.  He is a great example of how we care for premature babies at the Little Flower infant care home. Premature babies are some of the most fragile babies in our care. They require constant monitoring to help them maintain a stable body temperature, develop healthy lungs, put on weight, and steadily grow stronger day by day.

As more time passed, Shun continued to grow. He now weighs over 10 lbs. (4.57kg). Look at how different he looks below!

Now that Shun is bigger and stable, he is ready for his heart surgery which is planned for later this month. We hope Shun will find his forever family soon.

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