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Haad's Story: The Adoption Chronicles.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Tuesday, January 13, 2009

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A little boy from war-torn Iraq now has a future (and a family) in America.

The first thing you notice about Haad are his eyes.  Big, dark brown, long-lashed, they don't miss a trick.  You also notice his missing lower limbs and the fact that he uses his hands (or two crutches) to propel himself from place to place.

We have had Haad Asul since March of last year; it's been an emotional journey.  He came to us from war-torn Iraq, needing medical care, not to mention, a home or a family that he could call his own. 

We were more than eager to jump to the task; we couldn't have been more blessed.

Haad had his lower limbs blown off by a suicide bomber.  His family, the bomber, and approximately ten more people were killed; Haad survived, but barely.  It was a horrible way to get injured.

Haad was immediately flown to a hospital in Baghdad, where doctors worked valiantly to save his life.  Unfortunately, due to the gravity of his injuries, his legs could not be saved:  they were amputated just below his thighs.  He  needed to have his legs amputated in order to save his life.

For months, little Haad remained in a hospital, recovering from his injuries.  He spent many more months in rehab, relearning how to do things from a wheelchair or how to walk on crutches. 

After that, Haad was flown to Germany, for more surgery, rehab.  He was a very scared little boy who was prone to nightmares as he relived the bomb blast in his mind.  He became a favorite of the nurses and doctors who took care of him.

It was while he was in Germany when the call went out for anybody to adopt him.  It was discovered that he was an orphan; he had nobody to take care of him.  He also needed to have more extensive surgery and rehabilitation, preferably in America.

That was when the German embassy contacted us, told us about Haad's situation.  When we saw his picture that they'd sent us, we could not say no.  That was how Haad came to stay with us.

We are now in the process of adopting Haad.  He's grown to love us, but he's still learning how to trust people.  He is still prone to nightmares just about every night; it isn't unusual for us to be ripped from a deep sleep by his screams of terror.  He is seeing a child psychiatrist to help him deal with the post traumatic disorder he's suffered as a result of the war back in his native country of Iraq.

He is slowly coming around, but he has a very long way to go before the awful memories, nightmares are gone for good.

Our family  has grown by one.  A beautiful little eight year old boy named Haad Asul is our newest member, and we love him deeply.  He calls us mom and dad, and he calls Heather, Ryan, and Dakodah his sister and brothers.  Life is indeed much improved for our little guest, and we are already counting the days to where he will officially be our son.

We can't wait!

~To be continued.~

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Reviewed by Georg Mateos 1/14/2009
The problem and the solution. Haad is coming with an emotional baggage it is up to the adopting family to be patient and tend the wounds slowly (no fast solution here) until the eyes sparcle again with happiness.


Reviewed by Carole Mathys 1/13/2009
Maybe Haad's loving family will help him heal...good story, Karen
peace and love, Carole~
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 1/13/2009
Such a beautiful story of one's love for another. This little child had been through far too much already, Thank God for sending Angels his way. Thank you for sharing.

Newfie Hugs are on the way, Rose
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 1/13/2009
This is a great story of healing wounds that seem unhealable.
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Linda Settles 1/13/2009
A beautiful story of heartbreak and hope, Karen.

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 1/13/2009
You bring to life Haad's devastating story with such empathy and compassion, as always. And you don't shy away from the terrible issues. Thank you, again as always, for making us think long and hard about the realities of today's world... and for warming our hearts and souls that notwithstanding the pronouncements of governments about who is either our brother or our "enemy", to mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and children, we are just all one. Thank you for such inspiration and eye-opening composition. Kate xx
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 1/13/2009

So deep and moving - BRAVO dear friend!!

LOve and Hugs,

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/13/2009
A beautiful write, Karen, of new beginnings. Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 1/13/2009
A wonderful sharing of a new son .I pray his life will be much better here in the states. Its gotta be...........M
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/13/2009
Another new character welcomed into a loving home and family...well done.

Reviewed by Bonnie May 1/13/2009
Boy Karen you sure know how to bring on the waterworks...Such a blessing that Haad found is soft place to fall. God bless this family, Haad and you my dear sweet friend. Love and hugs, Bonnie

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