chromosome disorder

‘The day my baby died, I won tickets to build her a bear. ‘Can I still use them even though she passed?’ Their response? ‘No. The guest must be present.’ My heart shattered in a million pieces.’

“It felt like the perfect thing to do in order to honor and remember her. All I wanted was my baby back. I wanted to be like all the other moms who get to cuddle and snuggle their baby after they are born. A simple no would’ve been okay, but their words felt like a stab to the heart.”

‘My wife must regret spending her life with me. If she met someone different, she’d have perfectly healthy children,’ I told myself. ‘He is one of 34 people known to have this.’ My heart sank. ‘What? In the country?’ ‘No, in the world.’

“I remember thinking, ‘Maybe we just aren’t the best of parents.’ Little did I know my wife was secretly researching and had discovered a condition. One day, she showed me a video. My heart sunk. I felt dizzy. Straight away, I knew this was what our boy had.”

‘Our PE coach pulled me aside. ‘Your little buddy is about to be put on an adoption website.’ Without thinking, I told her, ‘We’ll adopt him!’ The words literally just came out of my mouth.’ Teacher adopts student with special needs

“I remember calling my husband. ‘There is paperwork in the printer I need you to look at when you come home. I want to adopt a little boy from school,’ I told him. ‘Are you sure?’ ‘’I am.’ ‘Then what do I have to do to get the house ready?’ We all agreed, we were doing this.”

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