August 24, 2011
3-year-old Lu Yun Fei survived abandonment by her biological parents when she was just one-week old. Currently living in Fujian, a coastal Chinese province, Fei has been adopted
by a North Carolina family half-way across the globe.
Fei was likely abandoned because of her missing fingers and deformed arms. But her newly adoptive parents are grateful for the young addition to their family.
Her new family has named her Madelyn.
About eight or nine years ago, Chris and Amy Kratzer felt called by God to adopt a child with special needs, reports The Star
. Chris Kratzer is the senior pastor at Christopher Road Baptist Church.
In January the Kratzers, along with their son and daughter will fly 15 hours to bring Madelyn back to the United States and join their family
The Kratzers first saw Madelyn in a video where she was playing with blocks and flying a toy airplane. Despite her condition, she is very independent.
She has been diagnosed with radial hand club, which is a deformity that affects the tissues on the thumb side of forearms and hands, reports the New York Presbyterian Hospitals website.
"Shes fearless, shes a survivor," Chris Kratzer said to The Star.
When the Kratzers found Madelyn's photo on an adoption waiting list through Holt International, Amy Kratzer turned to her husband and said: This is her.
It sounds weird, but she looked like our child, Chris Kratzer said.
After doing some research the Kratzers learned that deformed children are often abandoned in China.
I was amazed by her courage and persistence, Chris Kratzer said. This little girl just needs a home.