Canadian Family Bonds Over Adopted Son's Missing Hand

| by Daniel Rivera
Grandfather And Grandson Bond Over Missing Hands.Grandfather And Grandson Bond Over Missing Hands.

A Canadian family has bonded with its newly adopted disabled son (video below).

Lesley and Doug Facey spent three years going through the international adoption process before they received their first photo of Kirill, an orphan who was born without his right hand, according to CBC.

The couple instantly fell in love with the 4-year-old boy, who they have recently brought home from Kazakhstan to Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Doug's father, Chris Facey, was also born without his right hand.

"I called my mother to tell her the news, and forwarded her the picture, and she was bouncing off the walls," Doug said.

"I turned the screen for him to see the picture and all he did was point at the screen and say, 'He's like me.' And you could see the tears."

Kirill was only 20 days old when his biological parents put him up for adoption.

The couple said the orphanage was wary of the their decision to adopt Kirill.

"They kept emphasizing throughout the process, 'Do you really want a child with one hand?'" Doug recalled.

But the couple had their hearts set on adopting the young boy.

Lesley said Kirill's disability would not hamper his ability to live a normal life, using her father-in-law as an example.

"How could I sit there and say 'This is going to be a problem,' when you're looking at this man who's been to the Paralympics," she said. 

"He's the absolute perfect role model to show that this is not a disability, that he can do whatever he sets out to do, there's nothing going to hold him back."

Kirill met his new grandparents and cousins for the first time when the Facey family arrived at St. John's International Airport.

"He was staring wide-eyed at dad when he first saw him," Doug said.

Before meeting his new grandfather, Kirill had never met anyone else who looked like him.

"I went over and knelt in front of him and I just stuck out my hand. [Kirill] was sort of taken aback and he reached out with his stump and he touched mine," Chris said.

Chris explained his disability was never a setback, and hopes his grandson can look up to him.

"Doug and Lesley can hold me over him. 'If your grandfather can do it, you can do it,'" he said. 

"He's going to get the best chance to be the best he possibly can. He's bright, he's smart ... He's a keeper."

According to the United State's Bureau of Consular Affairs, inter-country adoptions in the U.S have declined since 1999. In 2013, an estimated 7,092 incoming adoptions were recorded in the U.S.

Sources: CBCBureau of Consular Affairs / Photo credit: Doug Facey