NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A 7-year-old boy weighing just 8 pounds in a Bulgarian orphanage is doing much better after a Tennessee family adopted him.
Priscilla Morse, 33, was scrolling through Facebook one day when she came across a photo of little Ryan, The Sun reports.
He was so malnourished, he hadn’t grown much since his birth.
“I begged my husband if we could adopt him for months. I just had to look after him,” said Morse.
By October 2015, she was finally able to bring Ryan home to Nashville. After their flight from Bulgaria landed, Morse and her husband rushed Ryan to the hospital.
“We went straight to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. We didn’t even go home to see our kids,” said Morse.
Doctors had to work to retrain his body to accept food, and slowly he began to gain weight.
Morse told The Sun she expects a full recovery to take years, but she’s proud of how far Ryan’s come. He has started bonding with his siblings, including a 7-year-old sister who has Down syndrome and was adopted from Russia.
“He’s the happiest kid I’ve ever seen. He wakes up happy and goes to bed happy,” said Morse. “Our other kids love him. He’s the baby of the family.”