'Smiley' Baby Born Without Eyes Finds Happy Forever Home After Mom Cruelly Abandoned Him | 22 Words

A baby born without eyes was cruelly abandoned by his mother, but thankfully the story has a very happy ending...

Hundreds of thousands of children are in the foster system here in the U.S.

On any given day, there are nearly 443,000 children in foster care here in this country.

And across the world, there are currently, 2.7 million children in alternative care.

And those statistics are only based on the children that have been registered into their country's system.

The fostering process can be a long and strenuous one...

And children are often bounced from one foster home to another, therefore never experiencing any real stability while growing up. Some children are even separated from their siblings in the foster process.

This can result in serious harm...

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The longer a child remains in temporary care, the more likely it is that he or she will experience multiple placement changes, and therefore disrupted relationships in the future.

Many children are stuck in the foster care system for years...

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A lot of people assume that the foster system is a short-term solution, a substitute family, while a child's home life is getting settled or arranged... but this is not the case.

But how do children end up in foster care?

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The majority of children in foster care come from broken and unstable families who are incapable of caring for them.

But in some circumstances...

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Some children land themselves in foster care because they have been abandoned by their families.

And that's exactly what happened to six-month-old Sasha.

Sasha was born in Russia with a very rare medical condition called SOX2 anophthalmia syndrome.

This means he has no eyes, and can't see.

And there are only 2 other children in the whole world that have the same genetic deformation.

But unlike them, Sasha is fighting fit.

Besides the 2 benign cysts on his forehead which have now been removed, the baby has no other medical issues unlike the other 2 babies born with the condition. They suffer from other illnesses alongside SOX2 anophthalmia.

Even so, his mother felt like she couldn't help him.

The young mother placed him in the care of an orphanage where a nurse took care of him when he arrived.

She said he was "no different" to other babies.

“He is no different to other children, he plays and smiles just like any healthy baby."

She continued:

“He loves playing and adores swimming. He is a very cheerful baby indeed."

Sadly, after lots of research, it has been determined that this child won't ever be able to see.

However, he has had tiny eye orbs implanted into his sockets to ensure that his face is not deformed as he grows up.

But thankfully this story does have a happy ending...

Last November, little Sasha was adopted by a family in Russia and the nurses who are currently taking care of the little boy are beyond happy that he is finding his "forever home."

One of them said this:

"We are, of course, very happy for baby Sasha and wishing him and his parents all the best."

Upon hearing the news, everyone else was also glad that he would be in a loving home.

We're so happy for little Sasha, the "smiley" baby.

Hopefully, this will be the start of something amazing for the little boy. Keep scrolling to see how one dad has made a difference to fifty young men after he fostered them...