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Mom Adopts Orphan Whose Nose Was Eaten Off By Animals So Doctors Operate To Restore Her Face

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald is a writer, illustrator, and a Libra.

Kristen Williams was a single high school teacher from Cincinnati. She’d always wanted to be mom, so she decided to pursue an international adoption.

The hopeful mother paid $28,000 to adopt a baby girl form Nepal, but the US Department of State put a stop to all adoptions from Nepal, fearing they were fraudulent. Kristen lost all of her money.

Still, she didn’t give up. The teacher soon met a 5-year-old named Munni from India. Munni had suffered extreme abuse from her previous caretakers — abuse that left her face and body scarred. Something told Kristen that this was her daughter.

“I saw her face, and it was like an electric current just shot out and hit me in my heart,” Kristen said. “She was everything I wasn’t looking for, and she ended up being everything I needed.”

Kristen brought Munni home in 2013. Six months later, she decided to adopt another child from India. She met 3-year-old Roopa, who was abandoned in a garbage pile and found barely alive. Her nose and lips had been eaten off by animals and insects. For years, prospective parents refused to adopt her because of the way she looked. Not Kristen.

“It’s very unfortunate that this is an everyday event in India,” Kristen said. “Because somebody did stop, and someone did pick her up and turn her in. That’s kind of the silver lining. They could have kept walking, which many people do.”

In 2016, the panel on The Doctors were so moved by Kristen’s story and her daughters’ brave spirits that they decided to help.

Roopa received reconstructive nose surgery and a nasal prosthesis, while Munni received cosmetic scar removal. The already gorgeous girls were totally transformed. Perhaps undoing the physical scars of past abuse will help them heal the emotional ones as well.

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