Two parents from China abandoned their child after discovering he had a rare disease. Now, he’s finally found a new home! In fact, the people who adopted him have a biological son with the same disorder. Read on to discover this incredible, heartwarming story…
A Loving Couple and Their Son
Monica and Josh Poynter, a wonderful couple from Bowling Green, Kentucky, seem like the perfect couple. However, their life is certainly no walk in the park. You see, their son, Tag, now six, has a rare disease, hemophilia Type-A. The news came as a complete shock to the new parents when it arrived on the second day of their son’s life. Neither had any idea that their families had any history with the blood disease, giving them no warning. It terrified both parents as they helplessly watched as Tag spent a few days in the neonatal intensive care unit after his birth. Thankfully, he pulled through just fine! Unfortunately, those days were just the beginning of a long life…
In case you don’t know, hemophilia Type-A requires lifelong treatments and medication. Since his first days on Earth, Tag has needed to take daily medication. Meanwhile, fate had even more cruel tricks in store for the Poynters. While they dealt with their son’s illness, the couple also received an infertility diagnosis. It seemed like their dreams of a large family were spiraling down the drain. But they Poynters did not lose hope! “After we realized it wasn’t an option to [biologically] grow our family we explored other options,” Monica said.
That’s when the couple found a news article that answered their prayers…
Finding Other Options
As Monica and Josh Poynter warmed to the idea of adoption, one story came along and inspired them to take the plunge. They discovered it in an unexpected place: the National Hemophilia Foundation’s official magazine, HemAware. There, they read a tale of a family who adopted a child with hemophilia Type-A. Instantly, it inspired Josh and Monica. What a fantastic idea: adopt another child with the same disease as their son, so they could always have one another. Once the idea took hold, it stuck!
Less than a year later, Monica, Josh, and Tag were finally ready to meet their new family member, Trey. Through it all, the family received help from the organization Gift of Adoption and their #RARE Adoption Fund. In fact, they said it wouldn’t have been possible without them. Soon, Poynters booked a trip to Guangzhou, China, to meet their new child and take him home with them!
Meeting Their Second Son
When the Poynter family arrived in China, they found a young boy in a wheelchair, just looking for love and family. And when he found it, Trey could not stop smiling! “He had difficulty walking but he had this biggest smile plastered on his face…It was this identifying feature,” Monica said. Trey then embraced his new family with deep love and affection. “I got that big hug from him…he hugged my husband and his little brother.”
Now, thanks to his new family and healthcare, Trey doesn’t need the wheelchair anymore. Meanwhile, the young boy, who’s now nine, never feels adopted. The parents say the boys love to swim, play with Legos, and bike around together. “Tag loves having a brother and Monica and I love having another son,” Josh said. “It’s hard to put into words what he’s meant to this family.”