Adopting a Child with Hepatitis: “Stella” from India
Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Hepatitis B is most commonly spread from mother to child at birth, or through horizontal transmission (exposure to infected blood), especially from an infected child to an uninfected child during the first 5 years of life.
Symptoms of the illness include jaundice, fever, liver enlargement, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, and fatigue. Most who have the disease do not suffer extreme symptoms—and many have no symptoms at all. Vaccines can prevent hepatitis B, but there is currently no cure.
There are many children available for adoption from India with Hepatitis B including baby “Stella”.
“Stella” is a sweet 2-year-old girl with big round eyes and dark black hair. Although she was very sick as an infant, she is now getting stronger.
Most children will enjoy a long and healthy life. Hepatitis B does not usually affect a child's normal growth and development, and there are generally no physical disabilities or restrictions associated with this diagnosis.
If you or someone you know are still thinking and praying for a special needs adoption, please consider adopting a child with Hep B.
This is a shared referral. For more information on “Stella” or other waiting children in India, please contact India@awaa.org.