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Woman With Rare Genetic Disorder Adopts Children With The Same Condition As Her

Rather than giving birth to her own children, she believes adopting children who already have the disorder is the better thing to do.

Although Kristi Smith always wanted to have children of her own, she often feared her offspring would likely inherit her own genetic disorder. So instead of bearing her own babies, she decided to adopt instead – and now she has adopted children with the same condition as hers.

A 36 year-old married woman from Arizona, Kristi had always wanted to have children. However, as she was born with Phenylketonuria (PKU), a metabolic disorder that leaves the body unable to process a specific protein called phenylalanine, she realized that her own children can suffer from the same condition, too.

Besides, she knows PKU can cause intellectual disabilities, seizures, and behavioral and mental issues. Eventually, she and Matt her husband, decided to adopt.

Kristi and Matt ended up adopting kids with PKU.

According to Kristi, she wanted to adopt those suffering from the same condition that she has. So after doing some research, she and Matt arrived at a mutual decision – to adopt children with PKU from China.

Matt said in an interview:

“The treatment is far too expensive in China and they don’t have insurance. Most of the kids with PKU are abandoned. So when we saw that, we were like, ‘We can take care of that — we live that life at home.’”

Kristi and Matt Smith adopted the two Chinese boys back in 2015 and named them Andrew and Luke.

With the help of an adoption agency, the couple was able to find two Chinese boys – both of whom were 2 years old at the time. In May 2015, Kristi and Matt finally brought the boys home from an orphanage in China, naming them Andrew and Luke.

However, the couple did not stop after Andrew and Luke arrived in their lives. While adjusting in their roles as new parents, Kristi’s interest in adoption was awakened anew after learning of the separate cases of an 8 and a 13 year-old boys in an orphanage, both of whom had PKU as well. Considering their respective ages, Kristi and Matt felt they had to do something.

“It seems like those kids just hit the street if they’re not adopted,” said Matt.

After going through the adoption process again, the two boys, the now 9-year old Caleb and 14-year old Ben finally arrived in the United States.

Kristi shared:

“I feel like at home, we are always preparing the next meal. We have to count everything…Life has been so much fun. Just watching these boys blossom.”

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Girl With Only Months To Live Fulfills Wish To See Koalas Up Close and Personal

She is not expected to live longer than a year.

An eight-year old girl has finally fulfilled her dream of coming face-to-face with her favorite animal - a koala bear. While this may not be a big deal for some people, the family of the the little girl was extremely happy and grateful, especially because she is only given less than a year to live.

Katie Higginbotham, an 8-year old girl from Texas, may have not been able to fly to Australia to see a koala bear, but still got to see not only one but two: Oz and Katherine, both Queensland koalas at the Palm Beach Zoo. While the little girl’s family originally planned to fly to Australia to see the koalas there, her health condition makes the original plan out of the question. The young girl was diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma, a type of tumor on the brain stem, in October 2016.

Katie Higginbotham has been diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma, a type of tumor on the brain stem and is only given months to live.

While Katie has already undergone several chemotherapy and radiation treatments, things only got worse for her. When she had a brain surgery last February to have the cyst removed, it was revealed that her brain cancer is more aggressive than what the doctors originally thought. ...

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Father And Son Adopted Nine Siblings Because They Can’t Stand Seeing Them Separated

As the father and son just live a few homes away from each other, the siblings get to see each other on a regular basis.

There is no questioning that, despite the ills that come with Facebook, the social media platform still serves a greater good. Case in point is a post about eight children as young as months old to 14, looking for a home to adopt them. As the said post went viral, it caught the attention of Thad and his son, Jacob, both of whom, eventually, decided to take in the children after some deliberation.

"I thought, 'Man, if I had the financial means to do this, we would definitely do it. Literally the next day, my mom calls me and she's like, 'So, are you serious about the kids?'" Jacob, a married full-time college student, said in an interview as he revealed what he felt after seeing the said social media post.

When Jason saw a Facebook post that nine siblings were up for adoption, he wished he could adopt all of them.

Source: Facebook

Unknown to Jacob, his father, Thad, had also seen the said Facebook post and was also contemplating on adopting the homeless siblings. For Thad, adopting the children would be answering a bigger purpose in this life. Hence, after talking it out with wife, Loryn, Jacob and his wife, Peggy, they finally arrived at a decision to adopt all the children. With the father and son living just a few houses away from each other, the children would not need to be away from one another. ...

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Indian Man Reunites With Family After 40 Years, Thanks To YouTube

They thought he was already dead!

An Indian man went missing 40 years ago after leaving home without saying goodbye. While his family thought that he had already died, he has been reunited with them, thanks to a YouTube video.

Khomdram Gambhir Singh was only 26 years old when he left his home in a remote village in Manipur, an Indian state. Without saying any goodbye when he left and not contacting any of his family members after leaving, it is pretty understandable why his family thought that he had already passed away.

Khomdram Gambhir Singh left his family home when he was only 26 years old.

Source: ABC

Thanks to a YouTube video, Gambhir was spotted singing a Bollywood song on the streets of Mumbai, roughly 2000 miles away from where his family was. When somebody saw the video and showed it to his younger brother, it was only then Singh’s family discovered that he is alive after all these decades when they thought all along that he was dead. ...

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