Russian-born Yuri was given up for adoption at just two days old. His parents brought him to an orphanage, never to return.
He was born with a rare and serious urological birth defect known as bladder exstrophy in which the abdominal wall does not form. Doctors didn’t think Yuri had very long to live.
At the age of 10, a social worker helped Yuri leave Russia and head to the United States. He went to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Maryland, where doctors could properly treat him and a family was willing to foster him. But when his foster family stopped coming to visit Yuri in the hospital, it was the nurses who stuck by his side as if they were the orphan’s own family.
He formed a particular bond with Nurse Pam.
“As the days and the weeks went by, Pam Butler was falling in love with this child and this child was falling in love with Pam Butler,” said Dr. Gearhart, Chief of Pediatric Urology. “And it probably one of the highlights of my career to see this happen.”
After Yuri recovered from his procedures, Pam knew in her heart of hearts that she wanted to adopt him — but what would her husband say? After all, the couple already had two sons.
Watch the video below to see what happened when Pam introduced Yuri to her husband. This is such an incredible story, and proof positive that miracles happen every day. Please SHARE this video with your friends on Facebook!
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