A nurse from New York City has adopted one of her long-time patients, which has made the boy a permanent part of her family.
Kelli Dabek, the nurse, adopted Jashia, a 9-year-old boy with special needs, on September 1, 2020.
Despite having 2 kids that are nearly grown, the nurse said that there was room in her heart for the boy that she had taken care of since he was born.
Kelli Dabek talked about the adoption and said:
We knew what we had to do. My whole family, we knew that’s what we wanted to do.
Jashia was born prematurely at 23 weeks.
He has a number of illnesses and disorders, which include chronic respiratory failure, epilepsy, asthma, and developmental issues.
He also has a tracheostomy, which helps him speak, swallow, and breathe properly.
The mother of Jashia is dead.
Kelli Dabek became certified for emergency foster care and brought Jashia in her house 2 years ago after he went into the foster care system following the death of his mother.
Jashia is now doing well.
The boy is now capable of riding his bike alone around the neighborhood.
Alexa and Hayley, the daughters of Kelli, who are in college, also take care of Jashia when they have time.
The family helps the boy do his homework, his medication, and focus on his special diet.
Alexa Dabek, the sister of Jashia, said:
I’ve got schoolwork. I have two jobs. I’m always busy, but every chance I get. He comes to dinner with me and my friends, and he’ll just spend time with us. All my friends love him.
The family understands that it is not easy to be in such situations, but thanks to Jashia and his amazing charisma, the family stays together.
The family says that without Jashia, their house would be different.