‘We Got The Call. Without A Second Thought, I Said, ‘Yes! A Thousand Times Yes!’ I Knew She Was Meant To Be Ours.’: Mom Of 5 Adopts Baby With Rare Case Of Dw-arfism, ‘She Has No Limits’

Kari Hall and her husband Bryon have been married for 23 years now. They always dreamt of having a big family but were sad when Kari underwent four failure in the early years of their marriage. Despite the complications, Kari could give birth to two daughters – Tessa and Ruby. But they wanted to expand their family and started thinking of adopting.

So they first adopted their son Leo in 2010 and then went on to adopt their daughter Kamari in 2013, and again adopted their son Emmett in 2017. Sometime later, Kari wanted to adopt again, but this time she wanted a baby with medical needs.

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She said that the thought of adopting another baby kept her up all night, and she kept talking to her husband about it, and he finally agreed. Kari quickly called her caseworker, Tanya, at Gladney center to talk about adopting a baby with special needs. After the three adoptions, Tanya knew the family was serious about it, and a few months later, she got a call but Kari couldn’t pick up the call. They contacted Byron and texted Kari saying there was a 4-month-old baby girl with a form of Dwarfism, and Kari happily agreed.

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Kari went through her case diagnosis and figured that Ivy had dia-strophic dys-plasia – a condition that aff-cts all areas of the body, but the individual would have a normal-sized torso. Kari was nerv-us because the condition would wor-en over time but she and Byron agreed that they could take on.

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Finally, Ivy became a part of their family, and it took her time to adjust. But eventually, she bonded with all the kids, especially Leo. Eventually, Kari tried to connect with other families who had kids with the same di-order and tried to understand the condition even more.

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Another thing that got Kari and Byron disturbed was finding the right doctor but they eventually found one in Delaware, and Kari said that although it’s not easy to fly from Colorado to Delaware, it was worth meeting Dr.

Mackenzie at Nemours DuPont Hospital in Wilmington. Ivy was physically weak so they had to start with physical therapy, and after a few months, she started sitting up and rolling over. Byron was determined for Ivy to walk.

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They made a small walker for her using a PVC, and she was finally able to stand up, holding it, and Ivy’s joy knew no bounds. Within a week, Ivy could chase her siblings and run everywhere around the house with the walker. Kari said that they are renovating their ground floor so that Ivy could access what she needs.

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Kari said that raising a child with dia-strophic dys-plasia is not any different than raising a normal child except for the struggles of flying to and from Delaware to Colorado. She said she wants Ivy to grow up to be a beautiful independent woman. Kari also said that adoption could be a hard thing but the challenges are worth it, and that one needs to listen to their heart and not be scared of taking risks.

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