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Adopted Ramona boy finds his birth parents in Vietnam

Sam Ettore was raised by a Ramona household after being born with life threatening well being challenges.

RAMONA, Calif. — When youngsters are given up for adoption abroad, it is extraordinarily uncommon for them to fulfill their birth parents. In this Zevely Zone, I went to Ramona for a reunion story it’s important to see to consider. 

It begins off with a video name from Vietnam. “Hey, Sam do you want to meet your dad? He is on the phone,” requested John Ettore who’s Sam’s adopted father. John and Hope Ettore adopted Sam in 2005 from Vietnam. “For a minute I thought you guys were trying to mess with me,” stated Sam whereas speeding to the telephone.  “We had no idea this was about to happen,” stated John.  

In 2005, a mom and father in Vietnam gave birth to a untimely child dealing with challenges so extreme, they made the heart-breaking determination to present their son up for adoption. “So, we got that picture, and we were taken back, but at the same time my husband and I looked at each other and said how do we not help this child,” stated Hope. 

Hope and her husband John adopted Sam and introduced him to the US the place medical doctors carried out eleven surgical procedures. “I just want to say they did a wonderful job of taking care of me and raising me,” stated Sam who only a few days in the past thought he was 17 years outdated. You’ll be taught extra about that later!

The Ettore’s are elevating six youngsters in their Ramona residence. Hope and John adopted two boys, the second was Josiah who we featured in the Zevely Zone in 2018. “His mother died of tuberculosis,” stated Hope. Josiah was adopted from an Ethiopian orphanage. “I don’t remember anything,” stated Josiah. Despite an amputated leg and a membership foot, Josiah simply swept the state championships in adaptive observe. 

“It’s been a big weekend at the Ettore household,” stated Hope. The solely setback? Two varieties of most cancers Hope’s been battling since 2015, have left her with simply months to stay. Finding Sam’s birth parents is a dying want for her. “Absolutely. I knew those parents would love, love, love to know how he is doing,” stated Hope.  

They shared Sam’s story on Facebook in Vietnam and a day later his birth parents have been discovered. “Neither one of us could believe it. I was like are you serious? We are getting contacted by people saying we know who the parents are,” stated Hope.

Sam’s birth parents in Vietnam are now not collectively as a pair however each known as him on Facetime after discovering he needed to reunite. “Hello,” stated Sam to his mom who was in tears. Sam was instructed he seems to be like his uncle.

“Is that my sister?” requested Sam. He discovered he has two siblings. Sam additionally had a twin brother. They are nonetheless making an attempt to determine if that twin survived.

“This is where the tumor was, they did a really good job,” stated Sam displaying his parents his face. Vietnam’s largest newspaper coated the reunion. Sam is large worldwide information. “I don’t know even what to say right now,” stated Sam.

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“Do I still have grandparents that are alive?” requested Sam whereas speaking to his father. Sam additionally discovered his actual birthday is May twenty seventh. He thought he was 17 years outdated, seems he already turned 18. Now that he’s formally an grownup, he needed to say this, “I just want to say thank you guys for doing your hardest to take care of me. I am really sorry that you had to make a hard decision for putting me up to adoption but you guys are the ones that and my adopted family are the ones who saved my life and I am grateful for you guys.”

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John Ettore then proclaimed,” “Sam. Wow! You simply met you dad!”  Sam added, “And my mother!”

Sam’s parents are taking a DNA check to verify the excellent news. The Ettore household hopes to make a visit to Vietnam quickly for a face-to-face reunion.

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