Friday, September 18, 2009

Update on Brooke

All adoptive parents receive regular medical updates on their children. We get one every month. Upon Brooke being referred to us, we received her entire file which included all of these medical check-ups. We had a doctor look at everything and she was deemed to be in great health by her American & Korean doctors. (Just FYI, Korea has health care which is on par with the US. They’re a very affluent, developed nation) This last Wednesday we received a new medical update, like always, but this time there were some noted problems that were newly discovered. She had an EEG and it was determined by the neurologist that she was having seizures. There was other information noted too, but for the sake of her privacy and the length of my post, I’ll spare you those details. At any rate, as various doctors reviewed her file, her prognosis became more and more uncertain. There are many risks and unknowns associated with her symptoms and right now there is no way of telling how all of this will affect her.

When we applied to adopt, we were admitted into the “Regular Korea Program” which means we were approved and agreed to adopt a healthy baby girl. There is an alternative program called the “Waiting Child Program” which is a program where couples are approved to adopt a child with certain health problems, some mild, moderate and others severe. (The parent choose what they are open to) Because we are not in the Waiting Child Program, we are not approved to adopt a child with major medical problems. Brooke could very possibly be facing some major health issues. If it is determined that she is, then we will not be permitted to adopt her. We are still awaiting more reports which we expect on Monday, but honestly, we don’t expect her prognosis to improve. We have had a couple doctors look at her file and they are all saying the same thing. (which is not good)

Please pray in the following ways:

1. Pray God is glorified and lifted up regardless of the outcome.
2. Pray for Brooke’s health.
3. Pray that Brooke is placed in a Christian home with parents who love her, even if its not with us.

We do love you all, but honestly, we don't want to explain this over an over as it is a painful subject. We kindly ask that you don't call and ask for more information, because right now we are struggling. Thank you so much for love and understanding. We deeply appreciate your prayers and support. It means more than you'll ever know.

Psalm 51:17 "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."


  1. Oh my goodness. I had no idea you were going through this my friend. wow.
    Know that I will be praying for little Brooke and for your family as you wait for some answers. Unknowns can be so scary, but I know that you are trusting in Him to bring you through this trial as He has brought you through in the past.

    ((hugs)) and prayers for you today...

  2. Heather,
    I will be praying for you all. We had a very similar situation on our journey. No one but God knows what is to come but I can tell you that, whatever it is, He will give you peace about it if you let Him. God has a plan. Not just a good plan, not even a very good plan. He has the perfect plan.

    "O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness." Isaiah 25:1