Arianna had never seen a can of pop before. Never been exposed to food except what she had seen on television. Arriving at their Stewartville home for the first time, Fischer opened the garage door to park the van. Arianna wanted to know if the garage was their home.
Arianna had spent the past five years of her young life in a San Diego hospital ward, largely shut off and isolated from most childhood experiences. Her birth mom had given her up, unable to care for a child with such intensive medical needs. Arianna suffers from a neuromuscular disease similar to childhood Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease. She is fed through a feeding tube and uses a ventilator much of the day to help her breathe.
Fischer wasn’t bringing Arianna to an empty home. She was bringing her to meet her new brother, Alexander James, AJ for short. AJ is …