Please note: Most of the information in this entry is accurate, but because Huang Min Cui’s history is sketchy at best, some of the details (especially of the birth family) are speculative–how I like to think of them.
My story takes a break for this entry to make way for the amazing story of a little girl in China. This background information is important to understand the miracles that I will explain in the next segments of my testimony.
On an unknown date in 2003 somewhere in or near Huangshan, Anhui Province, China, a baby girl was born. Huangshan is a beautiful city known for Yellow Mountain and tourism. To control it’s exploding population, China many years before 2003 had instituted its One Child Policy, which allowed families to raise only one child in most cases. A preference for strong, healthy boys to pass on the family name quickly developed, and sometimes families who did not have a strong, healthy boy faced tough decisions. Such was the case for this family in Huangshan.
This baby girl was beautiful, but not “perfect.” Her hands were strangely shaped with fingers that were all fused together, as were many toes on her feet. Most troubling of all, however, was a foot that curled in. Despite the fact that this child had defects, the mother was smitten by the girl’s lovely almond eyes and hoped for a miracle to happen in the baby’s life. She knew that she had no resources to help the little girl–she had only enough money to survive herself, she had no way of paying for medical intervention for her sweet baby. Despite the pressure she faced to abandon the child immediately, the woman chose to keep and love her little girl for several months. Her love for that child, however, eventually led her to consider options she never thought she would think about. She knew that she herself could not provide for this baby’s needs, but she knew that the Social Welfare Institute in Huangshan took in babies with all kinds of problems and provided them with whatever medical care was needed. It was a heartbreaking decision for her, but she decided that this facility gave her daughter the best chances for care and help. So, on December 8, 2003, the mother bundled up her baby and placed her in a location where she knew the child would be found and taken in.
The child eventually ended up at the Welfare Institute where they gave her the name Huang Min Cui. Huang, the family name, was given to all children in that orphanage. Min Cui means “green jade” and they thought it described this lovely gem of a girl. They followed the usual protocol of posting an ad in the local newspaper in an attempt to locate her birth mother, but no response came. So little Min Cui began her life in her new home.
The nannies gave Min Cui as normal of a life as possible. They fed her, held her, and loved her. They sought out advice to try to repair the physical deformities that she faced. In the first three years at the Institute, she had several surgeries. She had surgeries to separate out the fused fingers using skin grafts taken from Min Cui’s arm. The foot was operated on several times, attempting to straighten the crooked foot that made the little girl so wobbly when she walked. The wobbling caused her at one point to fall and cut her head open which required stitches to heal. The hands healed properly. Her fingers were separated, but it left one hand missing some fingers and the other hand with short, deformed fingers, but both hands were very functional, and Min Cui adapted in her ability to do any task without any difficulty. Her foot, however, was not easily corrected. Several attempts were surgically made, but it seemed that the foot only tightened into a more distinct curve with each surgery.
The nannies described Min Cui as being shy and introverted, but very lovable and spoiled. She had one friend that she consistently played with: an older boy named Anthony that had similar hand deformities as her own. Her life transitioned back and forth between the orphanage and the hospital many times during those three years, which left her confused and frightened of medical personnel. She was very bright and learned things at an earlier age than many of the other children at her “home.”
Such was the life of this lovely girl, Huang Min Cui. As far as she or anyone else knew, her life would continue on in the expected course for a disabled orphan: she’d grow up and be turned out to try to survive on her own, which would be very difficult for such a person. She may be able to have a job someday, but more likely, she’d earn her living by begging people to help a “poor, crippled” girl. The prospects of adoption were bleak at best because of her physical challenges and because of the fact that this Institute did not participate in the international adoption process in China.
The Father of Orphans, however, saw Huang Min Cui. It was He who had led her to this place to receive such love and care. He was guiding her each step of the way because He had a plan for her that no one would understand or even believe.
I am adding two slideshows to this entry. The first shows beautiful scenery from Huangshan. The second includes pictures of Huang Min Cui as she lived in the Huangshan Social Welfare Institute.
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