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‘I was raped by my pastor and got pregnant. I looked at him like my father.’: Mother-daughter duo is determined to ‘inspire’ and ‘be grateful’ despite cerebral palsy, strokes, Crohn’s disease

“When I saw her, I realized she wasn’t his, she was mine. I knew I had to protect her, so my ex-husband stepped up to be her dad. We both knew my pastor would destroy her. I was also terrified of what he would do to me if I told anyone. She was born 2 months early with cerebral palsy. She was so pretty and helpless, and my body destroyed her. I knew I would do anything I could to give her the best head start possible.”

‘He was born without an esophagus, and couldn’t eat. To be honest, we were scared of hurting him.’ Couple’s adoption of 2-year-old with special needs they ‘never doubted’ was ‘their son’

“I forwarded his profile to my husband. Maybe he’d give a firm ‘no’ and we could move on with our lives. But that night at dinner, he DIDN’T give a firm no. In fact, neither of us could come up with a reason why we SHOULDN’T. We didn’t have any medical records. We were scared. But I couldn’t get this little boy off my mind.”

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