Most couples looking to adopt only want to bring home a perfect little baby, which is why many children with special needs or children that are older than a few years old will end up spending years in an orphanage.
However, when Tennessee mom of three Priscilla Morse saw a picture of a severely starved boy with special needs up for adoption in a Bulgarian orphanage, she knew she had to try and save him and give him a loving home. “Everyone is deserving of a family,” said Morse, who was also adopted as a baby.
Morse first saw Ryan’s photo in 2014, and she and her husband David quickly decided to adopt him. Despite already having two biological sons and one daughter adopted from Russia who has Down Syndrome and a congenital heart defect, Morse flew across the world in October 2015 to bring the then 7-year-old boy, who weighed just eight pounds, home with them.
Ryan was skin and bones and covered in hair, which it the body’s last attempt to stay alive by staying warm. “The first meeting was pretty scary,” Morse said. “He was bones and skin, he literally looked like a skeleton. The first thing that went through my head was, ‘he’s going to die.'”
As soon as they landed back in the U.S., Ryan was brought to a hospital and placed on a feeding tube. “I had never in my life seen doctors look at a child and burst into tears,” she said. “They did call social services. They said, ‘I’m sorry, he’s probably going to die.'”
Miraculously, however, Ryan began gaining weight steadily and gaining strength back. Doctors have since determined that Ryan has cerebral palsy, microcephaly, scoliosis, clubbed feet, and dwarfism, but the Morses are confident he will thrive and aren’t afraid of all the extra care he will need since Morse’s brother had special needs. “I was pretty young when he passed away, [but] I remember how much my parents loved him in spite of all his special needs,” she said. “I wanted to give that to a child that was given up because of his special needs.”
Today, Ryan is 23 pounds and has made incredible improvements. “His progress has been nothing short of a miracle in my opinion. The first time I saw him I couldn’t even formulate a sentence. I was convinced he would die before I got him home and now he is a happy, giggly, active boy,” Morse said.
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