by Kendra Patten 1 Lives Impacted China
We are the Patten Family. We are a family of 6 soon to be a family of 7. We have 4 beautiful children ages, 8, 7, 5, and 2 years old. W...
We are the Patten Family. We are a family of 6 soon to be a family of 7. We have 4 beautiful children ages, 8, 7, 5, and 2 years old. We are stepping out in faith to bring home our 5th child from China. He is 4 years old and waiting on us to make our way to China to adopt him, his name is Isaac Hefu.
We adopted our 4th child from China in December of 2015. We had no idea he was so sick at that time. We were handed a very sick baby when we arrived to China. We were told to leave him behind and not proceed because of his condition. We chose to stay and fight for him. He spent 6 days in a China ICU getting well enough to leave China and come home with us to Tennessee. We have been fighting for him ever since. He remains a fighter despite the challenges he faces. He changed us forever!
We learned hospitals are much different in China than in the USA after handing our son over to them. We were only allowed to see him once during the whole hospital stay. We spent time with the parents of sick children in the ICU waiting room. There were not many places to sit in the waiting room and most people sat on an old wooden bench, on cots or on the floor. The parents told us about their children and them being very sick. You could see the heartache on these parents faces and some had tears that would flow as they told us about running out of money and not being able to get their children treatment that was needed. You see in China if you do not have enough money to get your child treated they do not get medical treatment. Sadly, most of these children die because of this, or parents abandon them outside of the orphanage, or find a runner to drop the child in a public in hopes someone will take them to an orphanage. One particular father was telling us about his son being in coma and needing blood transfusions. The father was running out of money to help his son and you could also tell the father did not have much to begin with. The day we checked our son out of ICU we gave this father some money to get his son the treatment he needed. It was money that had been donated to us during our adoption process. We think of this father often and wonder if his son lived through his illness and got the blood his little body needed.
We had no idea at the time God was working in our lives and we would soon be running to a little boy that also needed blood to live. Isaac has a genetic disorder called Beta Thalassemia. He needs blood transfusions every 3 to 5 weeks to live a normal life. Blood is scare in China and he is not getting the transfusions as often as he needs. Children with Thalassemia in China do not survive childhood because of this. Here in the US his life span is now 60-65 years. We decided to step in out in faith to bring little Isaac home to us despite having very little money in savings at the time. We had enough money to get the adoption process started, but not enough to finish. We are doing our part to be more frugal, and applying for all the grants we qualify for. We are still recovering financially from our last adoption, but refuse to leave little Isaac in China knowing he needs medical care that we can get him here in the US.
We've started a fundraiser on Pure Charity to raise the funding that we need to complete our adoption of Isaac. We have a donation goal of 13,000 that will go towards the cost of Isaac’s adoption. The total cost for his adoption will be 30,000 plus. We are looking to raise half of this.
Would you kindly consider making a donation? Also, we would appreciate your willingness to share this with others who may want to participate.
Thank you so much for being a part of our lives and stepping out in faith with us to bring little Isaac Hefu home.
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.