Saturday, November 26, 2005

Looking for a New Voice in a New Homeland

Reading this morning's papers, I came across this moving story in the Chicago Tribune about a 13-month-old Polish girl named Patrycja, who is awaiting an operation that may give her the voice she never had. Poor girl had a rough start in life -- born premature, abandoned at the hospital where intubation an a tracheotomy rendered her mute. But looks like things are looking up and she'll have an operation to restore her voice box and windpipe soon.

She's being adopted by a U.S. family after coming here in part thanks to the Polish community in Chicago, but also a lot of other good people both in Poland and in the U.S.. Nice story as the holidays near. Too bad I can't find her picture on the front page somewhere online.

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