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A Miracle Fit For A Princess!
This is Princess Margarita’s story…
Margarita was born in 2007 in Ukraine. She was abandoned by her parents and placed into an orphanage…
Margarita lived in the baby orphanage until she was four. She was then transferred to Kalinovka, a remote adult mental institution.
She was abandoned by her parents because of her health problems. She is five, but you wouldn’t have guessed that by looking at her size. Two other babies were admitted to the hospital with her under similar conditions, but have unfortunately passed away. Meanwhile, Margarita continues to fight to live. She doesn’t have swallowing and sucking reflexes and receives nutrition through a tube. She also has cardiac anomaly and problems with her respiratory system.
Her condition is unstable; she is often in and out of the regional hospital. At times, her temperature rises. Other times, her breathing becomes labored and she is too weak to even cough (she will appear to be suffocating and the oxygen levels in her blood fall). These are times when she is rushed to the regional hospital where they only treat her symptoms. As soon as she appears to be stable, they would send her away; back to Nikolai’s care.
Nikolai pleaded with the doctors that his institute doesn’t have the proper medical facilities. But the doctor in charge of her care says “I understand her condition is catastrophic, but this is a disaster from long ago, from the child’s birth – she is a child who has been abandoned”, and insists that the hospital policies are out of his control.
Back at Kalinovka, the medical director responsible for all the children is Olga, a retired dentist. She took up the responsibility because no one else would work there. Olga said, “I always pray. I always do. I ask God to please help the children get better. Every night I always say, please God, let all my children live.”
You can see Margarita in the BBC documentary “Ukraine’s Forgotten Children“
Maya met Margarita in 2012 and from then on made sure she received life sustaining formula…
Margarita never gave up.
And she never stopped smiling.
She has inspired people from all over the world.
And is loved by them all.
In 2014 Margarita was transferred away from Kalinovka.
Her health declined. She spent months in hospital. Doctors said she was dying…
Margarita was fighting for her life. She needed a miracle. But of course, she still smiled.
Then in May 2015, something amazing happened…
Margarita in her Papa’s arms…
Margarita’s adoption wasn’t straightforward. But her parents kept fighting for her…
Until finally… Margarita was no longer an orphan!!
Margarita never has to fight alone again.
Margarita. Our Princess, our fighter, our baby girl. We love you so much and are so happy for you and your family. You inspire us everyday. You are living proof that miracles happen.