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Two-year-old with special needs waiting for forever home

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He's a two-year-old boy who needs round-the-clock medical care. Luis has a number of medical issues, but has made significant improvements while in the care of his current foster family.

Because Luis is blind, I thought it might be helpful to explain what I was doing and Luis responded with his beautiful smile.

Though Luis cannot see, his foster mother Betty believes he does understand what's going on around him.

"Oh, I do absolutely. He smiles, he recognizes your voice, he laughs, he's mostly a very personable sweet little guy," Betty explained.

Luis's doctors say he's a medical mystery. He has been diagnosed with a chromosomal abnormality and infantile spasms, which is a rare form of epilepsy. Luis has a shunt in his brain, and doctors say the physical abuse he endured as a baby has complicated his medical issues.

"Luis needs 24/7. Luis is on 13 medications twice a day, he has to be fed with a feeding pump four times a day and he has a lot of medical needs," said Betty.

Luis works with physical and occupational therapists two times a week and despite being so medically fragile, he has made huge strides during the past 15 months that he has lived with foster family.

"He's improved a great deal. He was really tiny when I met him so he's grown a great deal, both lengthwise and in weight," noted Betty. "He was underweight so it's great he's as big as he is now," explained Protective Services Worker, Kimberly Washington.

"I think Luis really needs a stay at home mom or dad, one of the two, because his needs are so great he would not be a child I'd put in daycare because his immune system is not good," Betty continued.

Betty has fostered more than 100 kids and has adopted four of them, including 14-year-old Andy who can get Luis to giggle like no one else.

"Oh it's so cute. It's just so fun when we got him he wasn't doing any of that and it's just fun to see him bloom and grow," said Betty.

Betty says Luis would do well in a home with other children and deserves a family of his own.

"I'm not getting younger. I certainly can't adopt him, but he needs a forever family," she added.

"He has a lot of needs, but I think there's somebody out there for him and I'm really excited for that family to come along," Washington added.

If you're interested in adopting or becoming a foster family, call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U during regular business hours.

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