“A baby boy experienced rejection from the first moment his biological family laid eyes on him.
When children are born with health conditions, their parents face many emotional and financial challenges. It is never easy to see a precious child in pain or needing medical attention. Often, parents cannot commit to looking after their children when they need intensive care. Thankfully, there are angels on Earth who step up to the plate and fill the gap.
Jessica Paul Raj and her husband Raja were two such angels. One-of-a-kind, to be more precise. He was one in 26. For his mother, the youngster was born with a condition called Socus Papas, which affects around 26 people worldwide. The rare syndrome resulted in numerous deformities that his biological family was unwilling to accept.
The Paul Raj couple worked in a missionary hospital in India when their paths crossed with Adam, who had a healthy brain, heart, and lungs. Jessica, a Jacksonville, Florida native, believed God had intended for her to mother Adam, and she adopted the baby boy together with her husband.
She said, “When Adam came along, it was just so unexpected for me, but there was this sense from the very beginning that the Lord was just like, ‘This is the child I’ve called for you to care for.’” Roger met the baby the day after his birth, and the couple quickly fell in love with him. His adoption was made official in 2001, and they were grateful for the chance to parent such a precious and unique baby boy.
But it wasn’t easy. The family sought the best medical attention in America and found a doctor who was eager to help them. Adam faced more than 10 surgeries soon after he was born, and medical staff predicted further procedures in the future. Fortunately, kind-hearted supporters raised thousands of dollars to assist them with their bills. An art exhibitor, Scott Morphew, also used his One Spark exhibit to raise funds for Adam.
When the baby boy met Morphew, he looked dapper in glasses and a checked cap. His proud father noted, “His glasses now, like a professor.” Adam’s story touched many lives, and people worldwide sent the family messages of condolences and well wishes.
In 2022, Jessica revealed that she logged onto her old blog and was humbled and grateful to read comments of support and love. Losing their son was inexplicably painful, but knowing his story had an impact meant the world to the family. Adam might not have been on the earth for a long time, but he undoubtedly left a lasting legacy.”