Name: Jacob
Birthday: 01/9/2005

Jacob was born on January 9, 2005. The next evening, cold and malnourished, he was found outside of the gate of one of the local orphanages. The police completed an unsuccessful search for his parents and he was soon under the care of the local orphanage. Soon after he arrived in the orphanage, he was diagnosed with having PDA, which is a heart disease. A little while before we were able to bring him home, he was hospitalized for pneumonia and heart infection. He was able to recover quickly and is now building up his strength. Jacob is a charming little boy. He has big eyes that quickly take in everything that is going on around him. He enjoys interacting with people and being the center of attention. He is currently able to crawl and is working on his standing abilities. Jacob is a beautiful young man. We look forward to watching him continue to develop and grow.

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Learning how to crawl
Learning how to walk
When Jacob arrived at New Day on October 9, 2005 he was with us only a short time before he had to be hospitalized. In need of heart surgery he was unable to have it because of an enlarged heart and irregular heartbeat. In and out of the hospital for three months, more in than out, he was finally released December 19, 2005 with a poor prognosis. Heart specialists said he would need at least a year of treatment to bring his heart to a condition where he could potentially have heart surgery.

January 19, 2006 Jacob returned to the hospital for a checkup. To the doctor¡¯s surprise his heart had returned to a normal size and the hole in his heart had begun to close. We are happy to say that Jacob is now healthy and will not need heart surgery.

Wow, these fingers sure taste good!
Using the Nebulizer
Jacob¡¯s wide eyes taking in everything that¡¯s going on around him.
Happy 1st Birthday, Jacob!
What do you mean that the cake¡¯s all gone?
Smiling for the Camera!
Jacob and his adoptive parents

Jacob preparing to leave to join his adoptive family
Alice and Jacob
Saying good-bye to Amy
"Bye, I'm going to meet my mom and dad."