4 years old.
Angel is in a vegetative state with no brain activity. He is both fed and receives all his daily medications through a G-tube. He can sometimes react to sound, but these reactions are sporadic, spastic and mostly involuntary. He can make some sound, though none of it is purposeful. He requires 24 hour care and is currently living at a residential facility where all his medical needs are met. Angel will open his eyes when touched, but his eyes do not register sight and can not track movement. He is diagnosed currently with bilateral retinal hemorrhage, severe hypoxic and respiratory arrest. Angels prognosis is unknown, though he is stable at this time.
Angel’s different from most little boys his age. He cannot be loud and rambunctious, or build towers with his blocks, or tell you he loves you with words. But, like every other little boy, Angel adores being hugged and loved; he likes to listen to calming music and to stories read aloud; and, like every other little one, Angel deserves and needs a family to protect him, advocate for him, and unconditionally love him. He does not require a still or silent home. In fact he’d do well in a boisterous family setting with lots of love and laughter, with parents who are able to care for his medical needs and have for themselves an extensive support network. Angel’s future is yet to be written, but one thing is for sure: his best shot is with a forever family who can meet his needs, cherish him, and fight to ensure he’s given the best opportunities available.