A big thank you to Carol for the quilting and all the stitchers and Katherine/Gaynor for choosing the wonderful fabric and all those who had a hand in making/sending and preparing this quilt. After all these months in this group talking about quilts and seeing them on here, to hold one in my hand was just the most wonderful feeling. Elizabeth is thrilled and excited too. So a huge, huge thank for creating something special for us.
Elizabeth is 16 years old and was born to a single parent. Because of her severe disability, the birth mother was unable to cope with her.
Life expectancy was unknown as her disability was not fully understood until she got older, but they did say she would be severely limited as she only has half a brain, their words.
Elizabeth was placed with foster parents with a view to adoption. Her foster parents had spent many years looking after handicapped and disabled and troubled children, that they fell in love with Elizabeth and adopted her themselves.
Their dedication meant that Elizabeth grew too and her low expectation of life became a higher one instead.
Within a few years Elizabeth was able to communicate by nodding and shaking her head. With the help and love of her foster parents, their children and a good school, Elizabeth blossomed.
Her disability is very severe with the pressure of her spine restricts her capacity to breath and she is very prone to chest infections. The curvature of her spine is worsening all the time.
In September 2010, her Dad suddenly died, followed 3 weeks by her Mum.
Elizabeth has adapted well to her new home.
She has no speech, can't walk, talk, and is fully dependent for all her needs. All those that come into contact with her, love her wicked sense of humour and her laughter.
The future is not great for Elizabeth, but she is enjoying her new life, loves her carers and her family and in turn they all love her.