2) Another little girl was deserted at the government hospital when she was 3 yrs old. She had been left in the parking lot, clutching her health card and a small piece of a bread bun. After it had been noticed by a security guard that she had been left and was alone for hours, he took her to the administration, and was admitted to the abandoned children’s ward. She was HIV+ and had a very advanced case of HPV (Human Pappilo Virus), with large cauliflower like growths all over her private parts, indicating she had been sexually abused. She wore a constant frown with her eyebrows knitted together, even in her sleep. I have never seen anything like it. She came to SLC in a very damaged state. Today you would never be able to identify which one she is. She is a happy, bubbly little girl. Loves to laugh and be cheeky!
3) One of our newest additions came from a very sad background. She was living with her grandparents, who did not want her. Her parents are both dead. They locked her in an abandoned hut which had been used for cooking but due to leaks, etc. it had been abandoned. She was left alone and not even fed. Some neighbors knew about her and would sneak food in through a hole in the wall occasionally. Eventually a concerned neighbor forced her way into the hut and took the child to the hospital. She was severely malnourished and emotionally non responsive. Today she is very small for her age both in stature and developmentally. I would say she is still recovering. She does smile and rarely even will giggle. Healing takes time.