August 24, 2013 in Missions
NORTH CAROLINA /ANS/ — Many people were touched by the story CBN News covered of baby Adam, who was born with severe deformities. Thanks to the love of total strangers, he has been given a second chance.
However, according to a story by CBN News Medical Reporter Lorie Johnson he still faces more challenges.
When Adam was born in a Christian missionary hospital in India, his brain, heart, and lungs were healthy. But he was so deformed his family refused to take him home and even threatened to kill him.
That’s when Jessica and Raja Paulraj, two employees at the hospital, adopted Adam and quickly found Christians in America willing to help him.
One of them was Dr. John Van Aalst, a plastic surgeon at North Carolina Children’s Hospital, who spearheaded Adam’s treatment.
“Giving deeply, sacrificially, is one of the greatest God-sends that we can have in our lives,” CBN News reported Van Aalst said, explaining why he and others like him first got involved.
Now, a year and a half later, baby Adam is doing great. He laughs a lot, learns, crawls everywhere, and has a new brother, Elliot.
Raja said God gets all the glory.
“When I look back, I remember Romans 8:28, that all things work for good, and I think that’s true for me, Jessica, Adam, and Elliot,” CBN News reported he said.
Despite his progress, Adam still has some problems. For instance he cannot eat normally because he was born without the roof of his mouth. For that reason, he also cannot talk, even though he desperately wants to communicate.
Jessica said she sees his struggle every day.
“When you tell him to say something, though he can’t speak words, formed words right now, with his palette being open, so all the air just comes out more loosely and makes sounds rather than formed speech,” she explained.
Adam needs his palette repaired so he can talk and eat like a normal little boy.
Van Aalst said he’s a good candidate for the surgery.
“He should be able to speak understandably,” CBN News reported he said. “The first time he says ‘mommy’ or ‘daddy,’ I can just see Jessica and Raja breaking down in tears.”
Adam was supposed to have his palette repaired earlier this summer, but there simply wasn’t enough money to cover the surgery so it was postponed until Aug. 23.
Since Adam is a citizen of India, he does not have health insurance and University of North Carolina hospitals must charge for their services. So Adam’s parents are relying on donations to pay for their son’s treatment.
Raj is grateful for all the people who have offered their help so far.
“The needed money is $150,000,” CBN News reported he said. “We have close to $100, 000.”
The Medical Foundation of North Carolina set up a fund through which people can donate online through their page dedicated to Baby Adam’s story.
The family has a website where people can follow Adam’s progress.
This may be the last time Adam needs major financial help. Next year he’s expected to become a U.S. citizen. That means he will be eligible for health insurance that will likely cover his future treatments, which will include nasal reconstruction, prosthetic legs so he can walk, and new hands for a tighter grip.
For more information visit www.babyadamsjourney.com
To watch the CBN report visit http://cbn.com/tv/2605828899001
Jeremy Reynalds is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, a freelance writer and also the founder and CEO of Joy Junction, New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter, http://www.joyjunction.org. He has a master’s degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University in Los Angeles. His newest book is “Homeless in the City.” Additional details on “Homeless in the City” are available at http://www.homelessinthecity.com. Reynalds lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information contact: Jeremy Reynalds at firstname.lastname@example.org.