So Dasha is a 21 month old little girl that has been on her own since the day she was born. She was unfortunate enough to be born sick. Dasha was born with a Wilm's Tumor in her right kidney. Wilm's Tumors are very rare but if taken care of quickly and correctly the chances of any cancer returning are less than 10%. Dasha's mother couldn't take care of her so she left her at the hospital.
When Dasha was 1 month old she had surgery done to remove her right kidney and the tumor in the process. The entire tumor, kidney and some surrounding tissue were removed to make sure all cancer cells were gone and then she remained in the hospital until October 2010. In October she was moved to the orphanage in Kirov City. During her time in the orphanage she was presented to 42 Russian families who all declined her due to her health and her heredity background. See Dasha's mother was a Gypsy. Hence Dasha's dark hair and skin. I don't know the whole story behind the relationships between Eastern Europeans and Gypsies, but it seems that it is not a positive one.
I don't know if Dasha was presented to any American families but I would be lying to say that I was very concerned when the word cancer was mentioned. So we sent her information to Dr. Dana Johnson and Dr. Cynthia Howard at the University of Minnesota International Adoption Clinic. They asked for a few more test results concerning the other kidney, and gave us an enthusiastic YES! Go get her. There will be a few things that she will not be able to do due to her condition, no sledding, no contact sports, and no drinking. All of those restrictions are just to protect the other kidney, if you only have one, you need to treat it nicely! But other than that she should be able to lead a normal life. We are actually traveling up to Minnesota on Jan. 10th to see Dr. Howard so that she get a very through exam related to her condition. The only major negative is that Dasha was not given any vaccinations due to her surgery so we have A LOT of shots in our future. That really stinks! Dasha's name is the nickname of her given name, Darya, we kept Dasha as her legal name because it means Gift from God.
After my last post I am very proud to say that, that night during bath time Dasha had a blast! I put her in with Camden and would splash him and then splash her and she saw that he wasn't dying and got into it. Though the best thing was last night she SLEPT ALL NIGHT! We did something a little different, don't know if that was it, but we will give it a few more nights to see. Then I will tell what our change is. So I will leave you with a picture of our pretty girl.
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