Mysterious Ways

Written by Kay on . Posted in A Bratt's Life, How You Can Help A Child

Some call it fate, I call it God working out his plans for Fu Ji through me.

Most of you know that I have been working behind the scenes for years to free Xiao Gou from her life sentence behind the cold walls of the orphanage.

Well, she was transferred from the orphanage that I knew her in to a very poor, isolated orphanage very far away. After some sleuth work and endless emails, inquiries, phone calls and prayers, we found her. However, this post isn’t about her–instead it is about meeting a silly, hilarous, happy little girl named Fu Ji

When I visited Xiao Gou last October, we were honored to meet her roomie. An adorable little girl about age 5 that was full of song and laughter, who when it was time for Amanda and I to leave, pleaded with us to “Hui Lai, hui lai..” [come back, come back] I can’t even find the words to describe how amazing her spirit was and how her disability didn’t seem to bother her. When I asked about her condition, I was told she was very fragile and could never go to school or even walk. That concerned me and if any of you know me by now– you know it was not to be the end of it for me.

Fast forward to a few months later and a man contacted me who had read my book. His name is Lou and he is a Chinese/American who lives in Texas. He wanted to know if I knew of other orphanages that could use his help. Lou is a very interesting man. He was born in China but came to the states many, many years ago. He never forgot his heritage and using his hard-earned financial means, he goes back to China often to do humanitarian projects; mostly in the Tibetan mountains for the really needy villages.

I told him about Xiao Gou and he and I have joined together to continue fighting for her rights. He went to personally meet her several weeks ago and I asked him to check on Fu Ji while he was there. It was my hope that he could get a better translation on what her actual disability is and what her prognosis is.

Lou came back with a report on Xiao Gou’s status, of which I still cannot discuss publicly, (But we are working on it!) and also was quite captivated by Fu Ji, just as we were.

Together we both tried to think of a way to help her. I remembered that I had once made the contact of an American doctor who came to operate on Xiao Gou while she was in China. Later, he was the doctor in America who did more for Xiao Gou when she came over to be fitted for her leg. I emailed him and told him about Fu Ji and asked his advice.

Coincidentally, when I discovered where Xiao Gou was last year, I had contacted him and he went to see her at her current orphanage to do a medical exam. While there, he got medical reports on many of the children. He looked through his files and located Fu Ji’s documents.

To make a long story short, Lou will be traveling back to China in May to again check on Xiao Gou, and the doctor will already be there with a foundation group to do some medical outreach in another region of China. The doctor has graciously offered to travel back to the SWI where Xiao Gou and Fu Ji live to meet Lou and examine both girls, and see if it is possible to set up a medical plan for Fu Ji.

Two little girls who would have never met if not for one fateful car accident several years ago. Without Xiao Gou coming to room with Fu Ji, who knows what heartbreak her future would hold.

As for me, it is just a miracle and a blessing to me that I am still able to find a way to make a difference from the laptop located on my table in my cozy kitchen in the beautiful countryside of Georgia, USA. And admittedly, I am really nothing but the simple conduit that brings remarkable people together who use their gifts to help children. And a huge thank you to the Children of China Pediatrics Foundation. They have already done so much for Xiao Gou and other children in China.

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Comments (24)

  • Kay Bratt

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    I would love for you to comment here!

    But a small disclaimer….I still cannot answer questions about Xiao Gou. Please understand that her case is very delicate right now and as SOON as I can share, I will do it immediately. In the meantime, thank you for all of your support and prayers for her and others who need our help.

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  • Amy Ries

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    I can’t wait to hear “The rest of the story!!”

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  • shelley

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    what a great thing you are doing. you will be greatly blessed through her I am sure…..thanks for letting us share in your joy.

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  • Kay Bratt

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    Amy,
    I can’t wait to share it. Still hoping for a happy ending!

    Shelley,
    Thank you and yes, I’ve been blessed through Xiao Gou and the other children in China. In so many ways.

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  • Nikki

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    What a beautiful girl! It’s amazing how things get worked out–isn’t it?

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  • Kim K.

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    I love happy endings. I can’t wait to read further updates. Continued blessings, Kay!

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  • Tanya R

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    I’m still believing and praying, Kay!

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  • Donna

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    Kay – More than a million dollars, I wish for more people like you who can just grasp what a world of difference you can make from your laptop in the US with some perseverance and a love of children. I am in China doing the day to day work with 63 kids in my care. With just a couple of people to do what you are doing in bringing people together I could do so much more for *my* kids. They are all special needs kids, most with orthopedic/mobility issues due to spina bifida and cerebral palsy. Well trained professionals who can give advice, help with therapy or surgery or equipment are hard to find. Having people who help us find and contact those resources is a HUGE help…really more than money can buy.
    Thanks for what you do…keep spreading the word about what others can do right from their kitchen table.
    Donna Laurie
    Director, Eagles Wings
    Jiaozuo, Henan

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  • Kay Bratt

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    Thanks, Donna. That is so nice! Thank you all for you taking the time to read my blog!

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  • Tracey

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    Hi Kay! I just finished “Silent Tears” and I’m thrilled to see you have a blog! Any news on Xiao Gou?
    I am just captivated by your testimony and especially her story!

    We live in South Carolina and are currently in process to adopt our special needs son from Korea and have been swept up into the eye opening world of orphan advocacy. I love your heart!

    If there anything you can share about your princess? She is in my prayers! 🙂

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  • Kathy

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    I have almost finished Silent Tears, but had to come here to find your blog. I see that it has been almost a year since you have written on this blog. Is there another one that is more up to date? I did subscribe on your Facebook page. I so hope for a happy ending for these precious girls!

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  • Kay

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    Hi all.

    Things are still working in Xiao Gou’s favor. Steps are being taken to attempt to place her with her forever family.

    She has been visited and is medically doing okay for now. I’ll update you when we have more good news, but you can be sure we haven’t forgotten her!

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  • Debbie Cavender

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    Dear Kay,
    I just finished reading Silent Tears. What a moving experience! Since adopting our two youngest daughters from China in 2004 and 2009, I’ve wanted to go back and volunteer even for a short time, but never could figure out how to do it or come up with the money. After reading your book, I thank God one our oldest China daughter was in the Half The Sky program at her orphanage and our youngest daughter was in a foster family most of her life. Considering her special need and being a girl, going to a foster family saved her life (in my opinion). I admire you so much for your tireless efforts for these kids. I hope things work out for Xiao Guo; it sounds like she has an incredible will to survive. I have considered sponsoring a child to at least help one little person get a little extra care they need; can you point me to a reputable organization that I can do this through?
    Thank you!

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  • Kay Bratt

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    Readers, if you have read Silent Tears or any of my other books, please take the time to write a review on Amazon. It helps me tremendously and lets others know that my work is worth reading. I also do frequent giveaways and if you have posted reviews, your name goes in the pot to win STUFF!
    Thank you!

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  • Jennifer

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    Thank you for the gift of “Silent Tears.” I read it on a whim, and am amazed at your compassion and tenacity.

    I believe that all children deserve love and happiness. Thank you for sharing that vision.

    I wish for many blessings for you and your family.

    Warmest regards,
    Jennifer

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  • Kay

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    Thank you, Jennifer for taking the time to read Silent Tears and for your support for the children. Blessings right back ‘atcha!
    K

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  • Diane

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    Hi Kay,

    I just read Silent Tears. I have no other words but AMAZING! Amazing what you encountered while living in China, Amazing that you were able to put it in writing so brilliantly (I felt I was there with you!!!) and Amazing all the progress you and all the people involved have made. God bless you all! I believe strongly that no matter where a child comes from they deserve love, protection and care. Best wishes and keep up the Amazing work!

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  • Kay Bratt

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    Thank you, Diane, for your support. I’m far from amazing but so blessed to have been given the opportunity of a lifetime. I’ll never be the same. –Kay

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  • maggie

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    Kay
    Just finished reading Silent Tears and the whole time I was thinking this is so so sad and maddening I can’t read it. But if you could live it the least I could do is read about it.
    I was so sad and so mad and even happy when you scored the small miracles. I think that is all god asks of us, if we do some small this they will ad up to big miracles. God bless you and all the people who love and protect God’s smallest little people !!
    Thank you for caring about these babies and loving them. You are a gift from God!

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  • Kay Bratt

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    Maggie,

    Thank you so much. I do know reading it is so very tough and I appreciate you sticking it out. Warm regards,

    K

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  • Amy

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    Thank you for all you do and have done!! As Auntie to two beautiful nieces from China I am thankful for people like you and your group! My youngest niece, Malia (age 2 1/2yrs) has special needs and it breaks my heart to know that she may have been mistreated because she was different, or not healthy in their eyes. Courtney, the oldest at 7 yrs, is full of spirit and always busy!! Thank you and I can’t wait for the update on Xiao Gou!!

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  • Anne

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    Praying for Xiao Gou and all the orphans. Looking forward to happy endings on your blog as soon as you are able to share.

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  • Mia

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    I just finished reading your book! It was hard to put down, hard to imagine the pain you & your angels went through. I was hoping to find an update on xiao gou but I’ll keep on looking!!! Merry Christmas to you & family!

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