We learned that her finding spot (the place where she was left) was at the gate of a medical school about 90 minutes outside of Wuhan. The police in that block drove her to Wuhan for treatment and intake to the Children's Welfare Institute. I wonder, was there a young dad among them who held her on the long and probably painful drive? She would have been so tiny and sick.
|Did they rush her in her tiny bundle past this sign to the CWI director's office?|
Did she meet them at the hospital, or just wait to send a nanny?
Did the nurses fawn over her?
As it turns out, her surgery and foster care were probably not directly sponsored by any agency, but by a large fund of pooled donations called the Tomorrow Plan, administered by the Chinese government. I found a 2004 article saying World Vision was one of the largest early donors, which I think is pretty cool as I've sponsored one of their kids in Africa since 1999. According to that article, there have been donations of over 8 million dollars to this fund, and from what I understand it's one example of reform in China actually working out for the best for those in need. I hope it continues to avoid the corruption so common in the past.
We watch what we have affectionately nicknamed the "Oklahoma Propaganda" channel, trying to fathom how song after big-production song represents what those in charge want those in the country to believe. We are given such kind treatment on the streets by curious encouraging people, then ten minutes later J is solicited by prostitutes. There are new crosswalks with pedestrian-shaped lights that turn green to let you know that now you can cross... and the cars will perhaps slow down a little bit before running you over. Handicapped ramps and signs are available but the sidewalks are crumbling and there's a curb in front of the elevator. I wish we had more time because I have never been so unable to come to any conclusion about a place or its people.
|Made from or made for? It's a big distinction... confusing.|
We can't wait to take her to a specialist and an adoption doctor. She needs a full workup to be sure we haven't missed anything that could need attention. Talking to the other parents today, this was a common theme as we start to observe our new kids in their more normal states. There are little idiosyncrasies that we'd like to know more about. There are major things, most of which we were told, that we want to understand in every possible detail. There are so many questions, many of which probably can't be fully answered for years.
|Has her birth family gone through Wuhan's massive train station?|
Are they thinking of her tonight?
If they knew what was going on with her, would they be happy?