Meet Baby Maya
At just two months old, Baby Maya was removed from her birth family due to severe neglect. When she arrived at the hospital for care to overcome that neglect, she was diagnosed with COVID-19.
In addition to her ongoing health issues, Baby Maya, now suffers from high blood pressure as a result of her coronavirus infection.
Walden Family Services is frequently the agency of choice for foster children with health challenges because of our depth of experience with medically fragile children. When Walden was contacted about an emergency placement for a COVID-positive infant, we turned to the Jensen family who have extensive experience working with sick children.
Because of Maya’s coronavirus diagnosis, the foster mother had to isolate in the hospital where she could learn how to care for this tiny baby. Once Maya was stable and could be discharged, they went home together where they isolated for another two weeks. Undeterred by lockdown restrictions, Walden’s nurse and Maya’s social worker used Zoom to support both mom and baby.
Baby Maya has remained in her foster home placement, growing healthier and stronger by the day. Thanks to the dedication of our devoted staff and foster family, Maya is thriving. The county’s public health nurse recently determined that Maya is doing so well that she is no longer classified as medically fragile. How far she’s come, in less than one year, from the very ill and neglected child she once was.
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