Before he was even a month old, Ji Shan had a rare genetic disorder known as Ellis Van Creveld Syndrome, which causes many complications, including congenital heart disease and musculoskeletal disorders.
In 2015, one of our dear supporters, Mark MacAlpine raised money to support Ji Shan. We had launched our foster care program, so for ten years Ji lived in the loving care of Mr. and Mrs. Peng, his foster parents. This was a sweet time for Ji. His foster mother even carried him up the stairs to their flat to help ease his pain.
Over the years, Ji had several surgeries. Christian Action arranged treatment for him in Shanghai in 2004, and again in 2011. In February 2013, thanks to SK Yee Medical Foundation, Ji had corrective surgery on both of his legs.
And now there's a happy ending! In 2016, the Whirley family from Texas began the process to take him home. He was finally adopted in March 2018. Ji now has a new name – it is Jason. His mother, Liz, wrote:
Jason is officially ours!
Today we did some shopping for J, went to the Qinghai museum, and saw the local pet marketplace. We then went to the orphanage to meet J's foster family. His foster mom is the sweetest lady ever. She clearly adores him after nearly 13 years of caring for him, and was very sad to see him go, but happy that he is now adopted and will have many more opportunities in the U.S. She has fostered 3 other children besides J that I am aware of.
We are so thankful every time a child is matched with a forever family. For Jason, this truly is perfect timing, because he was twelve years old, just two years shy of aging out of the adoption pool in China.
If you would like to help support the hundreds of abandoned, disabled and “at risk” children living on the Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai China like Ji Shan please visit our donate page. Anything you can give great or small is used to help each child to become the best he or she can be!