We like to think that the rest of the world cares about orphans and abandoned children the way we do in America. We envision clean facilities, caring foster parents, and unlimited resources and support. Sadly, that is not always the case. In fact, many of us in the US balk when we learn about how children are treated in places within Asia and the former Soviet Union.
This Is Ryan
This Is Ryan When The Morse Family First Found Him
There, infants are abandoned like unwanted merchandise, barely cared for or even fed, and left to die in conditions that would make an animal shelter seem like a sanctuary. So when a woman in Tennessee named Priscilla Morse saw images of a boy (who she since named Ryan) living in a Bulgarian facility, she knew she had to do something. The boy was clearly suffering.
Here Is Ryan After The Morses Took Over His Care
He weighed barely eight pounds, and he was NOT a newborn. He was SEVEN. His legs were the size of a regular person’s fingers and he was horribly malnourished. He also had a slew of special needs that the local doctors weren’t treating because of the amount of resources they have at their disposal. Ryan’s ethnicity also played a part in his treatment. In Bulgaria, there is a great deal of prejudice against people from Roma (or as they call it, “gypsy” ) descent.
The Boy Has Made Steady Improvement Since Then
And He Is Now Part Of A Loving And Committed Family