It is truly sad that a pregnant woman cannot stop her nasty habits long enough to save her developing child from pain and struggle. However, it is amazing to see the beautiful fighters and just how strong they really are as they overcome being born addicted to drugs.
One little boy’s story has gone viral, and you can see why! He looks like a completely different child.
— Blaine Hamilton (@Valerie_Blaine) July 21, 2017
Fox News reports:
A woman’s tweet about her young cousin’s transformation from a malnourished infant born addicted to opioids, to a healthy toddler, has inspired others to share similar stories about siblings and relatives. Blaine Hamilton, whose parents are in the process of formally adopting her cousin, Coleman, told Buzzfeed that the family is “awestruck” by the support they’ve received on Twitter.
Hamilton, of Alvord, Texas, told the news outlet that Coleman is her first cousin on her mother’s side, and that he has been living with them for 15 months. After the family was granted guardianship of him, Hamilton shared a series of photos that documented his struggle with pyloric stenosis, a stomach condition, and his ensuing months of recovery.
As you saw above, she said, “Born w/ drug addicts as parents, neglected & weighing below birth wt @ 2 months old.. then my family took him n & look @ him now #FinallyOurs.”
Kaysi, Hamilton’s mother said that he “He was… malnourished and exposed to harmful drugs,” she continued, “He was taken by care flight to a children’s hospital at 8 weeks old.”
While acknowledging that welcoming an infant into their home was a difficult transition, the family is grateful that Coleman will grow up surrounded by biological family members, and thankful to their community who helped provide baby supplies.
“We were overwhelmed about starting over, but we knew it was the right decision for our family,” Kaysi told Buzzfeed.
Hamilton’s July 20 tweet about Coleman has been applauded by thousands, receiving more than 128,000 retweets and over 538,000 favorites. People began responding to the tweet with videos of their own featuring other children who were born addicted to opioids. Hamilton told Buzzfeed that the experience has been “life-changing.”
It is truly a beautiful story. Babies are fighters. They do not know what it means to give up. They fight to survive because that is all they know. I am happy to see that Coleman is finally with people will love him and take care of him.