Variety of Israel

“My daughter is a miracle.” Tell us Etti, Liam’s mother. Lian and Liam were born in the 34th week of pregnancy. Lian was born weighing 2.200 and Liam was born 1.400 weight.

Already as a baby, Etti understood that Liam has a problem, as she could not lift her head at the routine checkups mothers attend at the infant welfare center.

When Liam was 2 years old Etti was offered to put Liam in a special kindergarten. Painfully but with the encouragement of the teacher and assistant she decided it would be the right thing for Liam’s development and indeed Liam studied and developed well in the special kindergarten.

Liam did not speak until age 5 and started walking at the age of two years and 8 months. Liam has a twin sister named Lian. During pregnancy Liam blocked the oxygen aisles and it became highly recommended to stop the pregnancy, but Etti refused. In addition, while in NICU Liam was infected with a virus and the doctors were not sure she will live.

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Today Liam is dealing with autism, mental retardation, hearing impairment, asthma and ADHD. Today, 12-year-old Liam is a beautiful girl, looks completely normal, wears hearing aids and attends a regular school with the assistant at a special class.

Liam has difficulty understanding social situations. She does not know the differentiate between good and bad and she does not know what is allowed and what is forbidden. When one ask Etti Liam’s mother regarding Liam’s future, she finds it difficult to answer, she says she looks mainly at the present and the future. She hopes Liam will narrow the gap, and will able to fit like regular kids her age. That is Liam’s mother faith and desire. Etti, Liam’s mother is a single mother rising by herself 3 children.

Etti tells us “Liam was not given any chance to live and here we are at this day. This girl is a miracle!” Even Liam’s doctors are not able to predict Liam’s future, they also talk about here and now, “You never know what the future will bring.”

“Variety” Israel helped the family purchase of rehabilitation equipment and still continues to help and complete the funding for other needs the family requires for many years. Leam and her family take part in all of Variety Israel’s activities for children during the year such as: Family Fun days, shows and performances workshops, special lighting Hanukkah candles and also are participating in the annual “Variety” Israel fund-raising evening.

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