Pam Crawforth Feature

Hi! My name is Pam. 

Molly with their family dog.

Molly with their family dog.

Molly is our adopted daughter, she has been with us since she was 6 weeks old, born full term at 3lb 3 ozs. We adopted her aged 3 yrs old, we learnt that she wouldn't see her 1st birthday because of health issues. Her prognosis wasn't very good at all, multiple health issues due to birth mother's drinking. Her health is generally ok and understanding her body language is important, as she never complains. Molly is partially sighted, deaf, although we have had an implant fitted. She's missing bones and joints, albeit the smaller ones, fingers and toes, wrists and ankles etc. Her little fingers have never grown , and has developed contracture of her fingers. Her teeth, well some of them have no calcium in them so they are a major problem. Good dental care has saved a lot of issues. She has 2 teeth that have grown inside her eye sockets, at the moment causing no problems. Her brain is full of cysts which may have caused the early onset of dementia. Nearly every part of her little body has been affected by alcohol, apart from her beautiful hair and gentle nature ❤️   She is an amazing pianist, if I give her a piece of music to listen to she will play it. We do have an amazing piano teacher who teaches her.  She loves him and music is now her life! 4 years ago we were planning on her going to uni to study music, obviously with the full support of her carer. Now those dreams have been shattered with the diagnosis of dementia! I am sure from the research I've done that it's linked with FASD! We love her so much, it's heartbreaking. I just wish more effort was put into warning mums not to drink whilst pregnant and more research done into the enormous effect it has on unborn babies. It hurts to think it shouldn't be happening in this day and age. It also hurts to think we are going to lose her. She's only 19 yrs.