Ellie Grace is a 3 and a half year old little girl full of joy, life, and smiles. She and her twin brother Prince were born in Ghana, West Africa. Brokenness and tragedy caused the twins to be relinquished to a Babies Home (orphanage) when they were 8 months old, weighing just a few pounds each, and in need of major medical attention. They spent 6 months at the Home getting attention and care. After multiple failed attempts of resettling the twins with their biological extended family, Rebecca Kuntz, a missionary in Ghana, felt the Lord prompt her to begin fostering them so they would not grow up in an institution. She knew they both had significant special needs that would require lifelong care, but the twins were fearfully and wonderfully made and God had a perfect plan for both of them. Rebecca started gathering all the necessary paperwork, and just weeks before she would gain custody of the twins, Prince unexpectedly passed away from untreated respiratory illness. He died just days after his first birthday. Heartbroken but faithful, Rebecca pushed on to get custody of Ellie. In August 2014 Rebecca was named Ellie's full foster parent by court in Ghana.
It was then that Ellie, 15 months old at the time, was diagnosed with Microcephaly, Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy, Clubfoot, and Global Development Delay. Rebecca began searching out therapies and treatments for Ellie only to discover that Ghana was greatly lacking in the field. Ellie could only be enrolled in Physical Therapy as there was not a single Occupational or Speech Therapist in the entire country. Ellie began gaining weight and making major strides in her development with the help of donated therapy equipment from America.
In April 2016 Rebecca applied for a one year non immigrant medical visa at the American Embassy in Accra, Ghana after Ellie was accepted as a pro bono patient at multiple children's hospitals in America for surgery and comprehensive therapies. Sadly the visa was denied and Rebecca and Ellie were left without a way to travel to America for needed medical treatment. But there was already a greater and better plan in the works. Within weeks of the visa denial the government body that oversees all child issues, approved Rebecca to adoption Ellie!! Rebecca wasn't supposed to be able to adopt Ellie until 2018 due to adoption requirements, but they decided to waive some of the requirements because Ellie needs medical treatment in America and waiting until 2018 would not be in Ellie's best interest. This is a complete miracle.
Rebecca is in the midst of finishing up all the documents needed to submit for a court date to finalize Ellie's adoption. If the judge says yes and grants the adoption, Rebecca and Ellie will be able to move to America in early 2017!You can read the whole story here.
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