For the past eight weeks, I have been working with a great organization called Mending Kids International. Mending Kids brings children from around the world to the Los Angeles area for life saving surgeries. My husband and I have been foster parents to an amazing five year old little girl from Ecuador. Her name is Domenica.
She came here alone, scared, and needing heart surgery. Eight weeks have passed and she is not alone anymore. She has accepted all of us into her heart. She is not scared anymore. She understands why she is here and that going back home is in her near future. She had her heart surgery last week at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and is doing wonderful. Everyone I have met at the hospital has been amazing. From the women at the Admission desks, her Surgeon, all the Nurses, to the amazing families that walk the halls daily. Everyone has treated us so well and have made us feel so very special.
In the next few weeks, Domenica will be getting on a plane heading back to her country and more importantly to her family. I cannot imagine what her Mother must be going through. What I know without a shadow of a doubt is that her Mother loves her so much that she was willing to let her daughter out of her arms and into mine. And that was a gift. Domenica has not changed just my life, but my husbands, all of my children, and everyone that she has met. She is an old soul. She is so very brave and possesses an inner strength that everyone can see and feel.
I will cherish the next few weeks. I have been a part of a miracle. I thank Mending Kids, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Domenica for letting me play this small role in her life. She is such a special kid.
She came here needing to close a hole in her heart. I bet she didn’t know she would be a taking a piece of mine back home with her.