Monday, August 16, 2010

A very special adoption story

I have been inspired to share with you a beautiful and special adoption story, which was published last weekend in the Israeli newspaper "Besheva". I know most of my readers aren't from Israel and don't speak Hebrew, and thus haven't read it.

Matanya (not a real name) was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which caused him to have severe facial deformities and feeding problems. His parents, who didn't feel capable of raising such a child, made the decision to leave him in the hospital. It must be noted that despite multiple ultrasound scans during the pregnancy, his condition was somehow missed – praise the Lord for this miracle, for otherwise he would probably have been aborted. 

Batsheva, who worked in aforementioned hospital as a midwife, was moved by the fate of the little baby who spent week after week in the hospital nursery. Despite the many efforts of the staff to make him as comfortable as possible, he seemed detached, didn't make eye contact and didn't smile. Batsheva started visiting the baby and felt terrible every time she went home, leaving him behind. She realized that for a child like this, the only chance to ever have a normal life is to be raised in a supportive and loving family.

Eventually, Batsheva and her husband Shlomo decided to adopt the baby. They had eight children at the time, ranging in ages from 15 to 3, and the older children were involved in the decision. They took Matanya (now 6 years old) into their home and gave him a family.

"We got eight wonderful gifts from the Lord, healthy and whole" says Batsheva (translation mine). "It was precisely out of that feeling of fulfillment and thankfulness that we felt the need to give back to our Creator by taking care of a soul that was not ours. We felt we can give this child a place in our family. And B"H, the Almighty guided us hand in hand throughout the way."

"I will never forget how I slowly picked him up and held him for a long time, and he, a tiny four-month-old baby, put his head on my shoulder and fell asleep. It was like he said, 'I finally found Mommy.' We all cried from emotion."

I cried from emotion too, as I read this article. Praise God for such kind and generous souls who gave hope and comfort when it seemed there was none to be had. Truly He sets the solitary in families.  

"Just a few hours of being in a warm home made our Matanya smile and look us straight in the eye. It's amazing how he immediately felt he belongs with us."

Matanya since went through multiple surgeries which have improved his condition, and will have to go through more as he gets older. He will never look "normal" but otherwise his prospects are good and he is a happy and intelligent child.

Batsheva keeps in touch with Matanya's biological parents, and tries to be as merciful as possible when relating to their decision of leaving him in the hospital. Matanya was told that he was adopted. "I told him how we walked into he nursery and immediately fell in love with him and chose him of all babies. I said to him he is belongs with us for good."  

14 comments:

Sarah said...

Very inspiring story; thanks for sharing it.

Matushka Anna said...

Thank you for sharing.

Lady M said...

That is such a wonderful story (makes this pregnant mommy teary eyed!). Especially where he laid his head down to sleep on his new mommy's shoulder!

Mrs Happy Homemaker said...

Beautiful story!

Travels With Uncle Sam said...

How heartwarming. Mary R.

Miu said...

This is wonderful - I have tears in my eyes!

Anonymous said...

A "goose bump" story.

Anonymous age 68

Lanita said...

What a beautiful story. We have adopted two special needs children and don't love them any differently then we do our biological. They are ALL special gifts from God.

Kate said...

Beautiful story. I read one in People Magazine about a husband and wife who adopted triplets, two of the three were conjoined. They were given up by the mother (a drug addict).

Laura said...

How incredibly sweet! I wish there were so many more adoptions. I think we'd like to adopt in the future but it is just SO expensive it seems cost prohibitive.

I'm so glad that little boy found his new family and was adopted. I can't imagine a little one being left in the hospital like that. My heart just breaks for all the little ones who aren't wanted by their parents. Praise God for bringing this mother and this child together.

Ganeida said...

I am so glad you chose to share this. Made me teary but so wonderful for everyone.

The Zhush said...

Just stumbled across your blog...will recommend it to someone special that I know will love it as well! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I am the director of a crisis pregnancy center in Carlsbad, NM. I can't tell you how much I treasure your posts. I love this this story! God bless you!
Melissa Camarena

Goosegirl said...

I love this beautiful story. I am glad that Matanya found his family.