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This Family Traveled to Serbia to Adopt a Boy without Limbs
Devon and Jeremy Toomey family were eager to welcome another child in their growing family—and they finally got their wish when they laid their eyes on Bowen.
Devon Toomey, already a mother to two sons, said, "We always knew we wanted to adopt. We were kind of waiting but I had a habit of looking at pictures online. But when I saw Bowen's picture, something was just different. I saw it, and I just fell in love instantly. I just knew that he was our son. […] Those big, dark brown eyes just drew me in and […] I fell in love, the moment I saw him."
Bowen faces a distinct challenge that many of us cannot even begin to imagine; Bowen was born without legs or arms. His only has one partial limb; his left arm ends just before the elbow joint. He was abandoned at a Serbian orphanage in 2009, and had been there ever since—until Devon saw his picture.
The Toomey family flew from Idaho to Serbia and adopted him when he was just 18 months old.
The couple said the emotions they felt the first time they went to the orphanage were mixed. The conditions in the orphanage weren't terrible, but Bowen spent almost 23 hours a day alone in his crib. The only time he got out was to be fed and have his diaper changed. He was hardly ever spoken to, and he never learned how to move around on his own.
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