Would your heart break if your child was born without eyelids? Would you cry if he had a cleft palate? What would you think if his nose was severely deformed?
What if he wasn’t yours? How would you feel then?
What if you learned
his parents abandoned him he was available for adoption?What would you do?
Let me introduce you to Adam Paulraj.
That’s Adam in the middle, the little one. Notice he’s not alone 🙂
Those other two people are his new mommy and daddy, Raja and Jessica Paulraj. They adopted him!
Adoption is one of my most favorite things in the world, especially the adoption of an extraordinary child. Beauty personified.
Adam has been diagnosed with Bartsocas-Papas Syndrome, and it is difficult to find out much about it. There’s no Wikipedia entry for it, and the articles I skimmed were either very incomplete or highly scientific (big words I couldn’t understand).
I don’t know this family, but their story was shared with me because Jessica has a Tallahassee connection. She graduated from FSU in 2008 after attending Stanton College Prep School in Jacksonville, FL. She worked at Tallahassee Memorial as an L&D Nurse before moving to India as a medical missionary. She met Raja at the Burrows Memorial Christian Hospital, and met Adam there as well.
As of this posting, they are at the University of North Carolina awaiting multiple surgeries for Adam. The newest Paulraj is looking at $100,000 in expenses to provide eyelids, correct his cleft palate, and any other procedures considered necessary.
I’m writing to share this beautiful story, and I guess to ask for help. This young couple is sitting in a waiting room, prayerfully concerned for their brand new baby boy. Parents, who one month ago weren’t even pregnant.
Maybe you live around Chapel Hill and can bring a meal. Maybe you have the financial means to contribute to Adam’s medical expenses. Perhaps you know the joy of adopting, or being adopted, and could write a note to the Paulraj family. Whatever God leads you to do, I’d encourage you to do.
G.K. Chesterton once said, “the true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” This is an opportunity to fight against the wrongs of our culture, by manifesting love in the lives of this family.
Financial contributions can be made to “The Baby Adam Fund,”
The Medical Foundation of North Carolina
880 MLK Jr. Blvd., CB#7565
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2600
You can learn more about the Paulraj family, and follow Adam’s progress on their blog, www.babyadamsjourney.com
You can learn more about the Burrows Memorial Christian Hospital, run by Dr. Paulraj in this youtube video.