Last year, Wan Ying was living in China, waiting for her family. This month, now age 3, she decorated a tree with her three brothers and sisters and mom and dad.
Wan Ying was born with Amniotic Banding Syndrome (ABS), a condition that caused the fingers on both hands and the toes on her right foot to be fused together. She was one of the thousands of orphaned children living in China that WACAP seeks to bring home to their families. Because of her medical need, Wan Ying waited longer to come home than many children, but one evening last October, WACAP found the family to whom she brings so much joy.
Steve and Jamie Morningstar made the decision to adopt a child through WACAP when Wan Ying was 2 years old. But before the Morningstar family grew to six, Steve and Jamie helped their kids Sam, Ben, and Sasha (who was adopted from Kazakhstan) understand more about what it would mean to have a sister with limb-related needs:
“No, it doesn’t hurt. These were just the hands that she was born with because they couldn’t grow quite the way other people’s do in her birth mother’s tummy. Yes, we’re really lucky…. Yes, she can do anything any kid can do!”
With the confidence that as a family, they could support Wan Ying’s needs, they welcomed her into their family with open arms. “And then we shared our joy with the whole world,” they recall.
In May, Wan Ying had a successful surgery on her right hand, separating her thumb and the other three fused fingers. Her family loves her affectionate spirit and her infectious smile. She adds a cheerful (and very regular) chatter to the house, a merry addition during any season.
Warm holiday wishes to your family from WACAP.