July 24th, 2012

Friday morning UPDATE:  Amelia spent some time earlier this week in the Tokuda Hospital, where she received IV fluids and other minor treatment.  She improved enough to be released.  However, the doctors there didn’t place a nasogastric tube due to their concern that it wouldn’t stay in place during travel, in spite of Jenny’s excellent pediatric intensive care nursing credentials and experience.  Amelia is very upset at being out of her familiar place, she is still refusing to take anything by mouth, and as a result, she is again dehydrated.  As I type this update, Amelia’s mom, Jenny, is taking her back to Tokuda Hospital, and the Browns’ plane leaves for the United States in less than 24 hours.

Can we cover this whole situation with fervent prayer?

1) Please pray that the Tokuda doctors will quickly give Amelia a nasogastric tube so that she can receive the fluids and nourishment she so greatly needs.

2)  Please pray that Amelia would be calm and comforted.

3)  Please also pray for Jenny, as this is an extremely stressful and exhausting time, and the grueling flight home is still ahead of them.

She appreciates all the prayers that are going up for her and her tiny Amelia, as well as for the rest of their group, including three other adopted children they’re bringing home.




Friends, I have some good news and some not-so-good news to tell you tonight…


Good news first!

Guess who graduated to the “Rescued” list on Reece’s Rainbow today??


Precious girl, we are praising God that your family has found you!!


Do you remember this little face?  You may have known her by the name Liliana.


Here’s another photo of her from last August.


She was 11 years old and weighed 11 pounds.  So heartbreakingly tiny.


After she spent time in Tokuda this past winter, she gained a whole pound.

Here she is, meeting her new mommy, Jenny Brown, for the first time 4 1/2 months ago.


She looked even better in this more recent picture.  Look what a little good food can do!  Her new name is Amelia!


Jenny picked Amelia up from the Pleven orphanage yesterday, along with her new brother and sister.  Her mom had picked up another brother earlier.

Amelia didn’t handle the transition from Pleven very well, partly because the orphanage didn’t send her medications with her.  She didn’t want to eat or sleep, and was choking.

Jenny was able to obtain her medications, and they are slowly taking effect.

Could you please cover Amelia and Jenny in prayer until they are safely home this weekend?

You are welcome to check for updates on the Brown’s blog, The Road Less Traveled.

It’s so marvelous to know that many of you will be praying!  Thank you so much!!






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18 Responses to “Newsflash WITH UPDATE”

  1. JessicaD says:

    Many prayers. She was the first lovey that made me aware of  P* .

  2. Cindy W says:

    So heartbreaking, but I am so thankful you are sharing.  A friend shared your blog with me about a year ago and it has been thrilling to watch Katie’s transformation.  Thank you for remembering all the other children who don’t yet have that. 
     Is there a way to sponsor a child who is there?  Pay for specific needs, etc.? 

  3. Missy says:

    I saw the request for prayers for Amelia on another blog but didn’t know why. I’m praying for her. 

  4. Praying for her here!

  5. Susanna says:

    Cindy, no, there is no way to sponsor a child in Pleven, but there are other ways to help financially. One of the best ways is by helping with the adoption costs for the children who are coming home. The next HIDDEN TREASURES auction is coming up quickly–starting next Wednesday–and QUALITY DONATIONS FOR THE AUCTION ARE ALWAYS MUCH NEEDED AND APPRECIATED. (Hoping that catches a few eyes! haha!) Please email for more info and to donate items.

    There’s a giveaway going on right now over at A Perfect Lily to help raise the final $5000 that the Archer family needs to bring their three boys home from Pleven next month. This will go for airfare and other travel expenses. It has been a long road for the Archers and their boys, and it’s wonderful to see them this close to the finish line!

    Also, over on the sidebar of this blog is a “button” that says, “Nurses/babas for Pleven.” This fund was set up through One Heart Bulgaria. You can give through this fund, but specify that your donation is to be used for diapers, wipes and formula. The children had not been receiving formula, just a sort of gruel with very low nutritive content. Formula is more expensive than what they are used to feeding the children, but so very necessary.

    You can also simply give to this nurses/babas fund, knowing that it will be used only for this purpose and that there will be close accountability of the staff hired through One Heart Bulgaria. One Heart Bulgaria was having difficulty finding staff who want to work with the children for the low fee they were offering, and I haven’t heard the resolution to this problem. There are always long delays getting information on progress that’s being made in Pleven, but this money is much needed, and it will go quickly once the staff is in place.

    Thank you so much for asking this question, Cindy. I hope to include this info in a FAQ page. Bless you for being willing to give!

  6. Elizabeth in NC says:

    Definitely praying for sweet Amelia and her mama.

  7. Katie says:

    Praying, sharing, loving that precious girl from the other side of the world until she is home, safe, and thriving like sweet Katie.  Hang on, angel.

  8. Bri says:

     We have been praying for sweet Marsha and Tommy- Now praising God that Marsha has a family!!!! Thank you to the family who followed God’s calling to call her their little girl!
    We will be continuing to pray for Tommy, and also tiny Amelia. 

  9. Gail Kenyon says:

    We are praising the Lord for the news about Marsha!

    We will be, praying, praying, praying for Amelia!!! I have been wondering about Jenny and how things are going, so thank you for the update!

  10. Jennifer says:

    Marsha has a family???  I saw her again yesterday!  Praising the Lord for this provision!!! She will be a beautiful little girl.  She needs so much help now.

  11. Rebecca says:

    Weepy gratitude to the Lord for calling on Marsha’s family…and for them answering. Fervent prayers for Amelia. Continued prayers for the other sweeties, oh how my heart aches for them. 

  12. Marilyn Osborn says:

    Wow!   Prayers…….

  13. Kimberly says:

    Is it possible for her just to get the NG tube and SHOW the Dr’s that she can place it?  Another possibility would be for a USA Dr to e-mail and “recommend” that they place one.  Praying for this little one and her momma!

  14. Missy says:

    Praying for Amelia. I don’t understand why they wouldn’t put the tube in. The one Katie had was not a thing of beauty but it worked until she got home. Well, I’ll stop wondering and just pray about it.

  15. Rilla says:

    So glad to see this update on Amelia, Sophia, Jeremy and Joshua. I have Jenny’s blog bookmarked but for some reason it freezes on the last date I checked it unless i go through your blog. (in other words if I check it day after tomorrow, even if there is something new it will still only show up to today). They all look so good. So glad the formula is working out for those precious children. Sure makes me wish we were still young enough to adopt.

  16. Sarah says:

    I am so very happy and thankful that sweet Marsha has a family! Her little face went to my heart the first time I saw it. How wonderful for her to now have a Mommy and Daddy and the love and care that they will give her!

    I have been and continue to be praying for precious Amelia and her mother, Jenny! What a very difficult time for all of them. I hope that by this time they, and all of the other children, are safe at home and transitioning to their new life and family!

  17. LisaL says:

    Any update on how Amelia is doing or if they were able to get her home?  Been praying for her.  She’s been on my mind a lot lately.

  18. Susanna says:

    Lisa L, thank you so much for praying!

    They all made it safely home late last Saturday night. By then, Jenny had come up with a mixture of formula that Amelia would drink, and she was stable, so they didn’t need to take her to the hospital. The danger of re-feeding syndrome has passed for all the children in Pleven who have spent time in Tokuda, as the critical period of time for re-feeding risk is only the first week or so after beginning nutritional rehabilitation. The orphanage diet has improved, however slightly, and since the “formula train” is rolling again, allowing specialized formula to get to the children who need it most, we hope that never again will any of the children in Pleven be in as bad a shape as Katie and Amelia were last year.

    They have been emotionally damaged, however, and that will take much longer for them to recover from. I talked a little about that here:

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