LAKE STEVENS, Wash. -- The Silvas of Lake Stevens already have a full house. Yet with four girls and three boys, they still felt like they had room for one more.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Family races to rescue boy with Down syndrome wasting away
By KING 5 News
"We're not well off financially, but we have the love in our hearts,” said Grace Silva. “We can provide for them and why not?”
Then they saw a photo of Noah, a 3-year-old boy with Down syndrome living in an orphanage in eastern Europe.
"Noah's face just kept calling me and pulling me in,” says the mother of seven kids. “I just kept looking at all the kids and kept coming back to him.”
Grace and Mike Silva decided to make him part of their family. Their kids share their excitement.
"I was really surprised that none of them were negative,” said Mike Silva. “They were like, 'Yeah, we want another brother, we want another sibling.'”
But the obstacles are many. The orphanage houses special needs children. The Silvas say some are so malnourished they go straight to the hospital when they arrive here. They declined to disclose what country Noah lives in for fear of backlash that could interfere with the adoption.
"The last kid to come out of the orphanage Noah is in was 11 pounds at three years of age,” said Amy Patterson, who is organizing a benefit for the family. “It literally is life or death for these kids.”
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