In The News: Mowgli, She Ain’t.

The Girl In The Window
The girl in the window – St. Petersburg Times:

On a more serious note, this is a fascinating article about what more or less amounts to the extraordinary efforts that a kindly couple  are making to raise, educate and socialize a feral child.

Now, feral children generally have zero chance of ever becoming remotely functional, since some incredibly important wiring happens in their brains during the time in which these children are isolated – wiring that won’t take place without social interaction, affection and encountering language in use.

This couple took the girl in, already knowing of her condition. They have valiantly soldiered on and cared for her, shown her affection and sent her to school. Given how little can usually be done with feral children, they’re making incredible, albeit small, progress. She’s already developed more ability than it was supposed that she would ever be able to. I’m sure that a part of that is that the family treats her as a human being and that they have a son that’s just a year older than her so she can be with somebody that’s at about the developmental stage that she would be at if she hadn’t been confined to a closet for most of her life.

The bit about how she’s doing in speech therapy is remarkable, to me.

There is a bit about the father that I find highly touching: “He hopes, one day, she might be able to call him ‘Daddy,’ to get married or at least live on her own. But if that doesn’t happen, he says, ‘That’s okay too. For me, it’s all about getting the kisses and the hugs.’

What’s really horrifying is that this happened under the nose of authorities that were notified, repeatedly, of the horrible conditions in the girl’s original family’s home. Naturally, they weren’t aware of the full situation, but it’s still horrific. Plus, when she was offered help the mother refused it. So eventually the girl  had to be taken away and institutionalized, until a family became aware of her and offered to take her despite all of the reasons that exist to dissuade adopting a child like this.

Now, the girl finally knows her own name. That’s a start.

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14 Responses to “In The News: Mowgli, She Ain’t.”

  1. creativedv8tion Says:

    Wow… that’s some seriously powerful stuff.

  2. uhlrik Says:

    It really is. From the moment I found that article I knew that I had to share it.

  3. meta4life Says:

    That made me weep, both in horror and in relief.

    It is truly unbelievable that such things can still happen in this country.

  4. uhlrik Says:

    I’m not ashamed to say that it brought tears to my eyes as well.

  5. meta4life Says:

    I can’t even bring myself to blame/hate the mother — how is she NOT custodial her own self, for goodness’ sake? How inured to your own poisons do you have to be to NOT see just how deeply you’re sunk into them?

    I sometimes think that if an alien race ever did land on this planet and judged us by how we treat our children and our elderly, they couldn’t help but consider us hopeless barbarians on balance…

    And then I think about people like the Lierow’s and know that this world isn’t totally a wretched place.

    Dunno — just glad Dani has a family who loves her and that she’s safe now. Will say another prayer for all the other starved, neglected, war-scarred children of this world and find a little more money from someplace to donate… don’t know what else to do.

  6. uhlrik Says:

    Will say another prayer for all the other starved, neglected, war-scarred children of this world and find a little more money from someplace to donate… don’t know what else to do.

    It’s more than most people ever bother to do.

  7. lucretiasheart Says:

    Um– wow.

    I read the updated story too, “Everyone Wants To Help the Girl In the Window.” Apparently, she’s starting to sort of talk now, which is way more than anyone hoped for– and lots of people are donating money towards her therapy since the story broke.

  8. lucretiasheart Says:

    Um– wow.

    I read the updated story too, “Everyone Wants To Help the Girl In the Window.” Apparently, she’s starting to sort of talk now, which is way more than anyone hoped for– and lots of people are donating money towards her therapy since the story broke.

  9. lucretiasheart Says:

    and me.

  10. lucretiasheart Says:

    and me.

  11. uhlrik Says:

    I’ll have to read that one later.

    Maybe there is life on this rock after all. πŸ˜‰

  12. uhlrik Says:

    I’ll have to read that one later.

    Maybe there is life on this rock after all. πŸ˜‰

  13. lucretiasheart Says:

    Let’s hope! =^)

  14. lucretiasheart Says:

    Let’s hope! =^)

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