As you can see by the earlier picture, we have picked up Emmett a day early! I took most of the photos, so that is why Ren is in the one here (she always looks better than me). When we talked to our facilitator Van yesterday, she arranged for us to get to the orphanage early enough to do the G&R today. So here are our other updates:
We will apply for our Vietnamese passport in HCMC (hereafter called Saigon) tomorrow morning. Van thinks that we can expidite it to get it back on Friday and Ren and Emmett can head to Hanoi on Saturday. If the physical exam and US visa go smoothly next week in Hanoi, Ren could be leaving as early as the 30th. I will be heading back to the UK this Saturday the 23rd regardless.
We knew coming out here that Emmett had a heart defect that would require surgery, and there was the possibitility of some other physical issues. We know now that the orphanage was preparing for him to get surgery this month, so he will probably be ready for surgery soon after he gets back to the UK with Ren. That all depends on what our doctor says about his VSD when she gets back. We also know that he has some issues with his penis. The skin on the bottom and sides of his penis is connected to the area of skin closest to the area. It appears to me that it is primarily a cosmetic issue and not a plumbing problem, but would probably require some type of surgery to correct. He also has a slight problem with his lower eyelids that keep his lower eyelashes folded under. Ren thinks that is correctable with surgery as well.
This brings us to our major concern that maybe there is some type of syndrome going on that we are not aware of. He only weighs about 10 pounds (at 5 months), so is very skinny for his age, but he seems to be alert and cries when he is hungry. He will also hold eye contact, smile, and grab things. He is a gift from God and we already love him very much. Please pray for us to have courage and wisdom in making decisions and dealing with these issues.
The other minor (I think) physical issue is race. It is not an issue for us, but I wonder how he will handle it. He was abandoned at the orphanage so we have no information on his parents, but all the Vietnamese ladies working there are pretty certain that Emmett is half Vietnamese and half ‘foreigner.’ He has much lighter skin than the other kids in the orphanage. I’m not sure how that will affect him as he grows older, being biracial in a white family. I figured it would be hard enough for him to make any connections with his Vietnamese heritage, but now I think it will be very difficult. Anybody got any advice?
That’s about all I’ve got for now. We are very happy, but a little concerned and are thankful for your prayers.