Jason and I have 3 biological children, 2 boys and a girl. Adoption had always been something we thought about in the back of our minds but not something we were actively seeking out until Orphan Sunday 2011. That Sunday we heard about the desperate need there is for orphans worldwide. We had heard it before but this time God really put it on our hearts to act. After we took that small step of faith and started the process of adoption God opened doors left and right. From January to March we did paperwork, more paperwork, and even more paperwork. On March 19, 2012 (my birthday) we saw a picture of Meilyn for the first time. I can honestly say it was love at first sight.
Her medical file listed her as having Transposition of the great arteries (TGA) and a large hole in her heart (VSD). We sent the limited medical information to 2 well known pediatric cardiologists who both said there was a very small chance Meilyn would be able to have any surgery at all. They gave her a 25% chance at being able to have corrective surgery and without it she would most likely not live past 8 years old. Jason and I were not expecting to get the file of a child with a short life expectancy. On the paperwork we filled out we agreed to accept nearly every other disability. Short life expectancy was one of the very few things we had said no to.
We leaned into God and trusted his promises for us and this little girl. We sent our letter asking to adopt Meilyn and God moved mountains. 5 months later we were in China.
When we met Meilyn she was very weak. She couldn't stand on her own, her fingers and toes were purple, and her skin was ashy. We praise God daily that we were able to bring her home and Meilyn was able to have her first corrective open heart surgery (the Glen) in November 2012. It went well with no complications and we were in and out of the hospital in just 1 week!
The first surgery brought her oxygen levels into the high 70’s. Her fingers and toes are pink now. She is playful and full of energy. She will have another open heart surgery (the Fontan) in less than a year which should bring her O2 levels into the 90’s! We are thankful for each day with this beautiful girl! Adopting a child with a lifelong severe medical condition is not what we were expecting. I tell people all the time it’s a good thing God knows what’s good for us because this path is not something I would have chosen and yet I wouldn't change it for anything. Meilyn has blessed our family in more ways than we can count!
Read more about Meilyn at www.bethrozman.blogspot.com